Ryan Keller has it all: a great supportive family, friends, and no limit to his self-confidence. Coming out of the closet was not as traumatic as he would have thought. Navigating through life isn't easy for any man, let alone a gay one. Rest assured that Ryan has it handled.
Brandon Ford comes from the wrong side of the tracks. With a dark past, he doesn't have much going for him, no money, no friends, definitely no charisma, and his family makes people on Jerry Springer look like total winners. Life can't be worse - until it becomes unbearable.
When Ryan helps Brandon out of a bad situation, chemistry sparks between them. Only Brandon has one problem: he's hiding in the closet with no way of finding his way out.
After years apart, Ryan runs into Brandon. This spells emotional turmoil for both Ryan and Brandon. Will years of resentment and bad feelings pull them apart or force them to work on their relationship so they can end up Tied Together?
©2015 Z.B. Heller (P)2017 Z.B. Heller
Man, I wish I’d read the reviews for this before I started listening to this audiobook!!!!
(Some spoilers included)
I really like Derrick McClain and his narrations, so when this came up for review I was psyched! It looked sweet and funny and who doesn’t like a friends to lovers story?
I was LOVING this for the first 55% of the book. We start off with a smart-mouthed and super confident Ryan who ends up saving the very nerdy Brandon in high school and the two become BFFs. Sure, Ryan secretly wishes Brandon was gay, and sure, Brandon is secretly gay, but these guys are young.
Off they go to college and in the way of all new adults everywhere, Brandon finally sees the light and admits he’s gay and he and Ryan begin a relationship that is physical as well as emotional.
Like I said – the first half of the story is just this – high school and college. The two finding each other as friends then more.
But wait! At the 55 % mark Ryan gives Brandon a RIDICULOUSLY HURTFUL ultimatum where he demands that the newly admitting to being gay Brandon OUT himself or the two can’t be together. So, in a fit of insecurity, Brandon does, but not before Ryan decides he’s been stood up and CHEATS on Brandon. ONE NIGHT! OMG. Poor Brandon gets beat up and then… 12 years pass! some seriously messed up stuff happens that makes me almost stop listening. I was SO MAD!
However, I wanted to see what happened. Well. I wish I’d just stopped.
Our MCs do make it to a HEA but it’s lack luster at best and totally disappointing given how badly Ryan treated Brandon and the vast amount of time.
I cannot recommend this – sorry to say. It made me crazy.
I still love Derrick McClain and think he did a solid job with his narration – as always.
If I have to give this a rating I’d give it 4.5 of 5 for the narration and 1 of 5 for the story.
Copy Generously Provided by Author for Honest Review
I enjoy a good second chance romance and this one almost does everything right. I enjoy stories about relationships built from genuine friendships and this one fits. Ryan was out and proud; Brandon was shy and closeted, but they found a way to build a solid friendship.
This was my first ZB Heller book and although I liked most of the book, the internal monologue of MC Ryan was just silly. The cast of supporting characters fit well with the general theme and angst of the book. I love HEAs and HFNs, so this book was a good read for me. I already have the second book in the series and will read it soon.
Derrick McCLain does a fantastic job with his performance! This was my first time hearing him and I most definitely will be looking for more of his work. He was able to bring life to a sometimes clichéd storyline and brought the characters to life. He nailed all of the 'feels' and it make for good listening.
Although I did enjoy this book, I have personal issues with years long separations. I especially did not like the fact that the MC Ryan issued MC Brandon an ultimatum regarding their relationship (this is always a no-no). Ryan seemingly totally disregarded Brandon's struggle with coming out and for me it diluted what was a solid friendship. Ryan wronged Brandon in a big way, so I would have preferred a little more groveling before Brandon took him back so easily and after such a long separation. But they get their HEA so I'm good!
I was provided a free copy of this audio book at my request for an honest review.
Mom of 3. Voracious reader and listener. If I don't have the ability to pick up a book, then I grab an audio book.
Probably somewhere in the middle.
When Ryan finds Brandon after being apart.
I like how he brought each character to life. Especially Moxie.
I laughed at times, but i did not cry. It was a fairly light book that dealt with serious issues. The issues were handled well and I believe the author did a great job describing how different lives can be.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
I am just girl who loves my husband, dogs, shopping online and books!
I really enjoyed the first part of the story, there was even humor in it, and I found myself laughing at some parts.
From there, it kind of lost luster. like the story was forced.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
I'm a open minded baker 🍰 who spends all night at work 😴 listening to🔥romance book's that take my mind to new exciting places 🏖
I enjoyed listening to most of the struggles this couple had to endure to finally get to to that sweet spot of HEA.
The beginning of the book was a hard pill to swallow because of Brandon's parents.
Brandon's father was such a unlikable character that I could go off on a tangent and rip him a new one but I won't because..
it was a nesasary part of the story to show why Brandon was completely different than Ryan about being his true self.
I did love the ending of the book but wish it wasn't so rushed.
Because this book had so much sarcastic humor.. I could see this couple going into a series about the funny struggles of demestic bliss.
This book also had its share of steamy sex scenes in it.
Not so much that it overshadowed the story line though.
The narration was good but, I didn't care for the winey tone he used at times.
I think this book is worth buying outright and saving the credit for something more expensive.
I was given gifted this book in exchange for my honest unbiased review.
Received an audible version of this book in exchange for an honest review. I had previously read the book and gave it 5 stars, loved the story, sweet, funny friends to lovers, second chance romance. The audio version was great, had me laughing out loud at many parts, with my children looking at me weird until they realized I was listening to a book. I love listening to the audio version of books that I enjoyed reading because it is like having the book brought to life. This narrator did a good job at bringing out the characters emotions and bringing life to the story. This would be one I would listen to again.
I enjoyed this story that centers on two gay men from their meeting at age 18, when attraction first sparks between them, through the trials and tribulations of accepting who they are and the betrayal that eventually separates them, and into their reunion and a second chance together later in life. The journey is easy for Ryan, but not so much for his friend Brandon. Ryan has an understanding, supportive family, and is financially comfortable; Brandon has a homophobic, abusive father, an uncaring mother, and no money. Ryan and Brandon's friendship and blossoming love is strained by misunderstandings and fear, and then one night and one selfish act breaks them apart. They meet again by chance over a decade later and find a second chance at love, but poor communication, an old boyfriend, and a quick judgement once again threaten to destroy their love. I loved this story, and nearly cried in frustration every time circumstances or their own foolishness tore Ryan and Brandon apart. However, I also laughed out loud at Ryan's good and bad "consciences" embodied by the personas of Brad Pitt and Steve Buscemi. This is one I will definitely be listening to again!
The narration was excellent! Mr. McClain provided a different voice for each character, and flawlessly matched his tone to the mood at each point in the story. I always knew who was talking even without the vocal prompts.
I was voluntarily provided a free review copy of this audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Let me start with 'A Christmas Story' is one of my all-time favourite films, the narration in the film is superb, capturing all the emotions of Ralphie, (the main character in the film). Listening to Derrick McClain was akin to that, it felt like I had a front row seat to a fun performance. He embodied each of the characters so well, so realistically that I sometimes had to remember that I was not watching a film :)
Ryan was very funny - Derrick (if I may call him that :) voiced Ryan exactly as I thought he'd sound, a little snarky, good natured. I have to be honest, all of the characters were well narrated.
I listened to the audiobook without having to read the ebook, so for me, it's a keeper. I really loved the narration and will look for more titles with Derrick as the narrator. This now in my 'to re-read' pile.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBoom. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
I enjoyed all Derrick's characters. He did a fantastic job with changing the MCs voices especially. I had no problem whatsoever knowing who was saying what. And whose POV we were currently listening to.
I really enjoyed this book. Being in Ryan's head was a lot of fun even though he had a lot of growing up to do. What he did to Brandon was horrible and my heart broke along with Brandon's. I don't blame Brandon for leaving and never looking back. I just wish there wasn't such a time lapse from that scene to their reunion 12 years later. I'll definitely be reading the sequel.
**This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast**
I liked her writing and the love story she created in Tied Together.
The subject matter was sensitive and she handled it with care.
I think Ryan and Brandon are in a good place.
Brandon had a difficult time coming out and was treated poorly by his father. It was heartbreaking to read.
But despite everything, he had the courage to follow his heart and find his HEA.
There will be more challenges ahead but I believe they will face them bravely.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
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