Danny Marshal has always lived his life out loud, but his androgynous appearance is only a small part of who he is. One night at a frat party, Danny meets Lance Lenard, football jock and apparent straight guy. Lance is shocked when he's immediately attracted to Danny's feminine side. Danny is happy to be the subject of Lance's first man-on-man experiment-until Lance begins to struggle with the fact that despite his appearance, Danny is indeed a man.
Lance's whole life has been focused on his goal of playing in the NFL, and he knows those dreams will be smashed if anyone finds out about his little secret. Although Lance has grown to crave Danny's touch, he's not willing to give Danny what he's grown to crave: a boyfriend who's proud to love him for every flamboyant and snarky cell in his body.
Life sends Danny and Lance in different directions, each of them focused on his respective Plan A. But the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
©2013 SJD Peterson (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
I'm one of the reviewers at the Guilty Indulgence Review Site. I am always reading - I don't go anywhere without an ebook or audiobook!
The story itself is 5-stars. But its the first time listening to an audiobook that the narration bothered me so much, it brought down the rating dramatically. If I hadn't agreed to review the audio book for the publisher, I would've switched to eBook. I'm a HUGE fan of Jo Peterson but I might just stick with reading her books instead of listening. Sticking to Plan A -and reading it on ebook- would've been a better choice.
It is rare that I dislike the MC and this time, I found Danny rather annoying in what could have been a nice story
No - although there is nothing wrong about a series similar to this plot
It might be the narration but it made the MC come out as a total selfish person sometimes. I have the book version which I started reading a while ago then stopped. I am not sure if it is worth revisiting after this. Too many other books to read.
I would recommend the book over the audiobook. But it was still mostly fun to listen to, sweet in places yet angsty in others. The writer is talented and I would definitely read or listen to other books she's written.
Yes, a very good job. But I didn't like his over-the-top performance and inflections for Danny. I quite liked the ebook and, most of the time, Danny. In this audio version, he came off even more self-centered with an occasional mean streak. I think someone like Shannon Gunn or Sean Crisden would have been a better choice for narrator.
Summary: This is one of the very rare times that I liked the ebook better. The narrator was way over the top and portrayed Danny is such a way that I truly did not like him some of the time. He was a self-centered diva with an occasional mean streak. I didn't feel that way when I read the ebook, so I know it was the narrator. 3.75 stars rounded up to 4 stars. Still... recommended.
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Yes, it's fantastic!
Danny. He is a full on diva bitch and wears those high heeled boots with style and class!
The last one, can't say more, no spoilers.
Sultry, Sexy and Brooding.
Danny Marshall is all about the bright lights and the big city. Openly gay, effeminate, eccentric, self assured, loud and comfortable in his own skin. His dream is to see his name on the manifest headlining a broad way show. His best friend and roomie drags him along to a frat party one night because he needs a wingman. For the first time possibly ever, Danny is struck speechless when he meets the slightly drunk and brooding guy with the steel grey eyes. Turns out tall, delicious and weird is actually the twin brother of Beau’s new girlfriend, Danny’s best friend. And he’s straight, oh joy.
Lance Lenard has had a quiet attraction for guys who like to display their feminine side, but he’s never really acted on it because of the implications and consequences. His dream is to play in the NFL, and he can’t do that if he’s gay. So he’s been playing it straight, until now. From the minute he lays eyes on Danny, he’s toast. Lance fights the attraction for about five minutes, then he sets out to get to know Danny. And Danny has no problem at all being Lance’s experimental friend with benefits. Until emotions grow intense and get in the way, which is something neither guy is used to.
Danny is a full on, diva, queen, bitch when he wants to be. And Lance loves this about him for the most part. He even texts him, “good morning grumpy” everyday, and orders him coffee and chocolate chip muffins because Danny sometimes forgets to eat. Danny promised himself he wouldn’t fall for Lance from the start, and that line is becoming very blurry. As well Lance loves spending time with Danny and the two are very passionate and loving when they are together, but it seems when Lance really remembers Danny is a guy, sometimes it gets in the way.
How do you successfully move from friends and just lovers to something more when both men have their heels dug in about their future? What happens when what you thought you wanted may not be exactly what you need? After an intense break up Lance follows Danny to his 21st birthday celebration and kisses him, on the mouth, in public. They share a very heated and sexy night only for Lance to wake up the next morning alone. Danny walks away, and Lance lets him. So several years later when these two are given a second chance at love and the opportunity to change their plans, will they? Or will time, distance and still bruised egos get in the way of what could be a very happy ever after.
I have one word for this book, to sum it all up in a nutshell, Flawless! The story is told from Danny’s POV, but when Lance is involved his feelings and emotions come through completely as well. The reader gets a front row seat to this epic love story from start to finish. Every bump, bruise and orgasm! At times they were nerve racking with their shared stubborn tendencies. I seriously wanted to climb into the story and bang their heads together and scream “Would you stop it!”! But oh my god, when they got it right, they got it right.
Narrated by Andrew McFerrin and it took me about thirty minutes to get comfortable with him. Danny is a diva and McFerrin hit the nail on the head. Whether it was Danny being cocky and self assured or miserable and condescending, it was delivered flawlessly, much like the story. Lance was so unsure of his feelings for and the relationship with Danny until the night of Danny’s birthday, that was when the flip literally switched for him. And then Danny bailed, and McFerrin captured the misery in Lance’s voice when they talked after that. My heart was breaking for these guys.
I will say that they do get their HEA in the end and just like everything else with these two, they had to work for it. That consistency flows throughout the entire story. This is a must read for any fan of the genre, especially hopeless romantics that love a good tear jerker and some hot, sweaty guy on guy action.
** I received a copy of this audio book from Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews **
I love the storyline and how it was approached.
My Roommate's a Jock, Well Crap! Though the one main character wasn't feminine, the roommate was an athlete who didn't want to risk his reputation by acknowledging his attraction to another man.
I can't think of any at this time.
The Best Laid Plans.....
I think Mr. McFerrin was a descent choice for a narrator, but he has a habit of fluctuating his voice up and down at times that made it difficult to listen to. Kind of reminds me of Adam West as Batman. I don't know if this is his first book, but hope that he can remedy this. I feel he has potential.
Well, it's been a while since I picked up an SJD Peterson book, but this one reminded me so much of why I love her books. It was very interesting and different, while having a similar theme to so many other books. (You know the whole, gay for you, but not willing to come out for you thing)
There seemed to be a lot of roller coaster moments in this book... Just when things get too good... You simply know it's going to have to crash... I was pulled in and connected to both characters for a variety of reasons and was pulled along for the rid.
I don't know that this book will resonate with everyone as Danny is quite feminine at times, but it totally worked for me.
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Inked Rainbow Reads.
This is a smart, sweet, funny gay for you, read. Danny is a fabulously out and proud gay man that likes makeup and shopping in the miss teen aisle. Lance is a jock with dreams of going to the NFL. You see the problem. But their story is told really well and over a number of years. It is laugh out loud funny in some place and really touching and tender in others. My only criticism is I would have liked to have what happens in the epilogue incorporated into the book in more detail. But, one can't have everything. The narrator does a great job on Danny, which is good since it is told from his POV. The other characters kind of sound alike, but still he does a great job overall. Definitely worth a credit.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Finally, Audible is getting the good m/m romance books in their archives! This was a good story... I have the book...so I new what to expect... I still didn't like the football player... he just comp out to me... in book format and audiobook format! I am glad about the happy ending...
SJD Peterson has some really great m/m romance stories... so I hope Audible invest in getting all of Peterson books on here... I want PUP to be narrated so badly... It's Peterson's best book...
Anyway... this is a good credit or sale for any m/m romance fan...
Nice narration... you can totally tell the difference between the two male (H)... so it was narrated not read...which was plus!
Very entertaining, good narrator, good story!
Not sure, anyone where a football jock falls for a "queen"
I would not rename it!
Yes, because the story was fun and the narrator did a wonderful job.
The fact that the story line, to me, was really believable. The charactors had me smiling the entire 8 hours and laughing out loud at some points.
No, this was my first time listening to him and I have to say he is now my favorite narrator. I will be looking at other books he has narrated. I think he could probably read the dictionary and make it fun to listen to for hours.
Yes, without giving too much away it was towards the end of the story while they were in the hotel room.
To sum it up this book was very believable, funny, cute, heartwarming, and Andrew McFerrin's narration of it just brought it all to life in the most wonderful way. There wasn't anything in or about this book that I didn't enjoy. Or anything else I would have added to it/ wanted to see in it. I am glad the author shared these characters and their story.
This was one amazing amd entertaining story! So well written and Andrew's narration made it that much more fun!! I'm now a fan of both author and narrator.
"There is always a plan b"
Never read it
You could feel the love each character had for each other
The drama of Danny lol
Such a fab love story
"What a gem!"
This book was an absolute delight. Beautifully written, fantastically realistic characters, and a wonderful first person narrative.
Would love a follow up.
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