Xander Karcek has only wanted two things in his life: Christian Edwards and basketball—the man he loves and the game that let him escape a childhood he’d rather forget. His two obsessions have served him well. He and Chris beat the odds and stayed together through high school, college, and right on to the NBA. But life under fame’s microscope isn’t easy, especially when two men are pretending to be frat-buddies so the world doesn’t know they’re the next best thing to married. Their relationship survives the sacrifices they make and the lies they tell to stay together, but when their secret is exposed, the fallout might destroy them when nothing else could. Chris and basketball are the two things holding Xander together. Now the world is asking Xander to make a choice. Is there an option that includes a future with the man he loves?
©2011 Amy Lane (P)2012 Amy Lane
Amy Lane never fails to run her characters through the wringer. No matter if it's one of her sweeter, happier tales or an angsty one, all of her guys EARN their happy ending.
I can't compare Amy Lane's work to anything but her others, Keeping Promise Rock, and the Talker series and any other that involve such character torture leading to a happy ending that's so satisfying.
My automatic response is Sean Crisden, but really, Michael Anthony's performance could have been much, much better if he stopped overacting. No really, you don't have to act out every sigh, gasp, laugh, sob, and (cringe) moan. The reader has enough imagination to figure out what a man having a orgasm sounds like (and if we don't, we can watch porn). Some of the part of the dialogue was really hard to hear because he was trying too hard. He's got a great voice, and I would totally get another book if he did it, only if he cut that overacting bit out.
Other than "Oh God, really?" during all the lovescenes (see my response to the narrator questions), the actual work makes me tear up at places. These boys love the hell out of each other, and their devotion make me wibble. Seriously.
NO - and I have both
I love both MCs, but I liked Leo too
the sound effects sounded superficial and fake, should have not been done.
I love Amy Lane's books, I wish this one's narration was better because the story is wonderful.
I loved the friendship and loyalty! Some people did not like this story because the basketball jargon was off, but I loved it. Love Sean Crisden in any book.
Any of Amy's books. She builds great friendships with love, Maybe her Talker series
Great, He is one of my favorite narrators
I am a Christian fan, but love Xander as well. I do love their gay manager!
I loved the relationship btwn the two MCs. Amy Lane does a great job in writing "love" I usually get swept away by her writing.
I have listened to many of Mr. Crisden's performances, with Bear, Otter and the Kid being my favorite. He delivers another great performance here.
Without giving anything away, one of the MCs get hurt and the depth of the reaction from the other is moving. The ending is also great. I hope there is a sequel.
I have listen to it about 3 times already it was a wonderful and sad story but it was great......
I loved the true love in the story it was beautiful!
He did a good job with the voices.... nothing special
All of it.... I mean when they had to do the every third game (read the book and you will understand the sadness) my heart broke for them. Not anyone should have to deal with something like that.
I will read it again but I recommend the book it was a lovely story!
I have this book in ebook form, and I loved it. But the audio version irritated me to no end. Firstly, misprounced words abound. I'm always annoyed when I come across this, but really, this is the worst I've ever found. "Sequined" pronounced in suck a fasion to rhyme with dined. And that's just one of many. And any time there's a line that says a character laughed or sighed or whatever...the reader does so. In somce cases, I felt this was more annoying and not even fitting to the context it was meant. And don't even get me started on his over the top performance on the more "steamy" scenes. I very seldom come across such horribly annoying narration, so I've gotten lazy about giving it a sample listen before buying, and because I enjoyed this book in its ebook format, I was so excited that I just bought instead of listen. My oversight. Don't do what I did. Sample first, then make your choice.
The story itself is wonderfully written and very touching
The narrator really is over the top and needs to learn how to procounce a great many words before he does this type of work again.
Yes and no.
Young self made business man with plenty of time on the road to enjoy the world of audiobooks.
I really enjoyed this story narrator was good and story kept going at a good pass.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
I really like this story... Great from beginning until the very last sentence, then the end... what? I just don't get it...I was so upset about the end..and that is why no five stars...
Crisden is one amazing narrator... I love anything he reads...
loved it, started listening last night and woke up earlier to finish it this morning! overall I thought this was a sweet love story. nothing groundbreaking but great for what it is. the narrator was excellent, too!
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