Leo Ware may be young, but he knows what he wants. And what he wants is Will Highland. Snarky, sophisticated, fiercely opinionated Will Highland, who burst into Leo's unremarkable life like a supernova...and then was gone just as quickly.
For the past miserable year, Leo hasn't been able to stop thinking about the powerful connection he and Will shared. So, when Leo moves to New York for college, he sweeps back into Will's life, hopeful that they can pick up where they left off. What begins as a unique friendship soon burns with chemistry they can't deny...though Will certainly tries.
But Leo longs for more than friendship and hot sex. A romantic to his core, Leo wants passion, love, commitment - everything Will isn't interested in giving. Will thinks romance is a cheesy fairy tale and love is overrated. He likes his space and he's happy with things just the way they are, thank you very much. Or is he? Because as he and Leo get more and more tangled up in each other's lives, Will begins to act like maybe love is something he could feel after all.
©2016 Roan Parrish (P)2017 Roan Parrish
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5 Stars for the narration!
Spencer Goss is definitely on my immediate buy list. The way he uses inflection to convey the emotion of the story, his character voices, his timing, voice over…all of it is simply stunning for someone who’s so new to voice acting, and frankly would be remarkable for a veteran actor.
I adored the audio for this. Goss has a way of taking the almost lyrical quality of Roan Parrish’s writing and elevating it to something that is irresistibly enchanting.
The writing is on par with the other stories in the series, and Parrish certainly delivers the heat (eventually) as well.
But, once again, I find myself wishing for multiple POV and wishing I bought into the relationship side of the story more, which is where my focus was on. The whole coming of age drama, which is most of the story, just didn’t really strike a resounding chord with me. I understand this is ultimately about Leo’s growth. I just didn’t need to read so much about his classes, and friends, and boss, and yoga.
While my overall issues with the story remain, the narration for this was simply fantastic! I think those who love New Adult coming of age stories with a sprinkling of relationship angst, some sexy times, and a HFN that holds a glimmer of possibility for more should definitely check it out.
Gah! This story was as emotional as Out Of Nowhere (also by this author), and I was on the same kind of emotional rollercoaster he sent me on in THAT one. By that I mean the highs and the lows for the main characters were intense and powerful. The narrator has a way of making things both realistic and gut-punchingly affecting. As with the last book in this series, done by this narrator, he made it seem like I was listening to a ten hour long movie, rather than a book.
I highly recommend this audiobook.
First let me say that I think Roan Parrish is an amazing writer. I just loved her descriptions. I was highlighting all over the place in this book. She is just so lyrical. I really felt like I got to know Leo inside and out. Being in his head was a joy. What a special character.
As a result of all these “feelings” I had for Leo, I had really high expectations for his love interest. And, unfortunately, as Daniel and Leo both noted, Will is a bag of dicks.
And he never redeems himself.
Oh, poor Will. It’s so hard to be beautiful and have people give me everything I want. Boo. Hoo.
I wanted, so badly, to love Will. Leo wanted him and I wanted Leo to be happy. But, even at the end, Will is so GD stubborn. Only grudgingly admitting to having feelings for Leo and only under duress.
Then, there’s their age difference. Instead of being grateful to be able to show Leo his first experiences at lovin’, Will is begrudging and put off by Leo’s innocence. Well, screw you Will!
In many ways I felt Will was the immature of the two. He just wasn’t who I wanted to show Leo the ropes and I never felt secure that these guys have what it takes to make it. Maybe if we’d gotten an epilogue several years down the road I might have felt better, but as it stands the two are just only tentatively together. In fact, Will gave LEO a bad time for being mad at him when Will was cheating on him. (Sure, I know there were “understandings” in place but really – I was supposed to feel badly for Will in that situation? I didn’t.)
So… though I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, LOVED Leo, thought books one and two were amazing, I was very disappointed with Leo’s story. I kept rooting for him to find someone else. And that does not a good romance make.
2.5 of 5 stars for the excellent writing.
Spencer Goss does an absolutely amazing job with this. I wish I could say that he made me like Will more, but I think he actually portrayed him so well, that my feelings toward the two were amplified. Leo is so, so wonderful and Will --- well, you know how I feel about him.
But Spencer's narration absolutely adds to the sense of being part of this story and I highly recommend it as a way to experience this story.
5 of 5 stars
Overall 3.5 of 5 stars
I have listened to audiobooks forever...as sort of a way to zone out on an airplane flight to give my eyes a rest or when I'm just....too occupied to hold a book.
But, I am also a reader.
This genre has been a guilty pleasure for me...as I happen to be a guy who came out after years of denial.
But, this author's work...from book one...really resonated with me. He is both realistic and idealistic at the same time. Roan is obviously a guy who knows what it's like to go from feeling "on the outside" and then deciding to go in.
I listened to book one about 6 months after I read it...and it was god. But..when I listened to "Out of Nowhere" (book 2) I decided I didn't want to even read the third book, which I heard was coming, because this author's work is even better as dialogue than as text.
Spencer Goss is an amazing narrator. If you can't get caught up in his flow of emotion and raw truth...I can't help you
For any who have read book two..."OUT of Nowhere"...was a tour-de-force...and there were far more reasons for Colin in book 2 to be all angsty and broken...but here's the thing...
In this audiobook, you sense Leo's vulnerability (of leaving home for the first time, and to NYC no less. And the emotion is JUST as high!
This is the first book I actually denied myself reading because I wanted to hear this dude read it. And Oh. My. God. It's was worth it!
This is another situation where I'm basically a mess, and want to grab people and make them read this book. Or, even better, listen to Spencer Goss's narration. This book tore me up when I read it, and listening to it made it even more emotional and amazing.
Will breaks my heart, Leo makes me believe in the ability to allow your heart, and maybe more importantly, ypur mind to accept all the options and possibilities love provides. If I thought Will needed redemption I'd say this proves that love can redeem someone. But, I don't think Will needs to be redeemed. He needs the kind of largely unconditional love that Leo gives him, but he really doesn't change. He just expands his views, and opens his heart, and gives in to loving Leo. He is still the acerbic, tetchy person he was which makes his crazy, romantic, OTT declaration in public at the end all the more meaningful. I'm not sure how this book, which is arguably Leo's, as it is told from his POV, became so much Will's book for me, but it did. I love how much Leo grows, he goes from a sweet, innocent kid with stars in his eyes about not only Will, but also NYC, to someone that is worthy of and capable of accepting who Will (and the city) is.
As to the audio, Spencer Goss is such an amazing narrator. He is one of a very short list of narrators that I will buy anything (even books I don't have any particular interest in) that he narrates because I know the experience is going to be outstanding. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a lot out there yet, but I'm willing to wait.
Okay, I can kind of understand why Where We Left Off isn't getting the same amount of love as the previous books. It is different than the first two. I'm not sure I would even call it a romance since Will spends 80% of the book saying he doesn't want a relationship. I would say this is more of a "coming of age" story for Leo. And I love "coming of age" stories!
And I really really loved Leo! My heart hurt for him over and over again as he pursued Will. I was almost in tears during the first chapter when Will shot him down. Not to mention the Tiramisu Incident. My heart was in pieces. I wasn't sure Will could be redeemed in my eyes after that. Will isn't a very likable guy. I get that he has his reasons for being the way he is, but he really makes it difficult to warm up to him.
I loved Leo's group of friends at NYU. Especially Milton. I was cracking up when he finally met Will.
The narration for the audiobook was incredible. I adore Spencer Goss. I know he doesn't narrate many books, but I'm so glad he stuck with this series. <3 <3 <3
I listened to all three book and I like the first one and the last one. I also readied a review on the last one ,and the person was not please with Leo Leo is young and in love and new to love and will had problems of his own but the work it out . Listen to this book you have to put your self in a young person mind about love and new experience great job to the writer and narrative
It is such a pleasure to read a romance novel that is written for those of us who want a thoughtful story with well developed characters, intelligent prose AND a happy ending.
I've enjoyed the first two books in this series even though their story lines are quite a bit alike. I'm delightfully surprised that the author breaks away completely from the insecurities of the first two books. The MCs are both quite confident and well developed through this interesting & original story. It was worth a credit to me.
"Another great read."
I didn't want this one to end! A great escape from the day to day run of the mill to get to know these characters!
THE START THE MIDDLE AND THE END LOL. I loved everything,
LEO hands down 100%. He is just kind, honest to God happy go lucky person, he sees the best in people, he loves without limits and goes for what he wants.
God there were so many, probably when Leo flies to see Will and they spend time together. Leo does this big gesture to come to Will's desperate side and you can see Will's defences start to crumble, you can start to understand the mystery he is, the person behind the facade.
It made me cry, oh God so many times. Leo suffered emotionally so much throughout the story, I think we have all had our share of disappointments and heart aches and I wanted to hug him and tell him all will be well LOL, but also made me angry, Will drove me bonkers!.
Spencer Goss. PLEASE NEVER STOP DOING THIS! You were born to act and these characters need you, the reader community needs you. You were MAGNIFICENT!.
"3 out of 3 for Spencer......."
Well, my wish came true and Spencer Goss narrated the audio book. How did he do?? Read on.....
This is going to be a gushing review, so I make my apologies now in case you have need of tissues [or a bucket]. All the stars….and more, in fact even the one called ‘The Shire’….
A really well-written story from Roan, and as seems to be the norm with her work, Spencer puts his heart and soul into the narration…just as he did with Out of Nowhere and Rhys Ford’s Fish Stick Fridays. For me, he has elevated this story from merely really good up a couple of levels to…let’s say sublime or magnificent, as either works in my opinion. Narrated solely from young and impressionable Leo’s POV, wearing his rose-coloured glasses [and come on, who didn’t love Leo??], I freely admit there were several times when my eyes welled up just from listening to the quavering emotion in Spencer’s voice. The pacing, the characterisations….just everything was excellent.
Spencer treats the words given to him by the author with the utmost respect….with as much TLC as if he himself had written them, wringing out every last drop of emotional intensity whether it be anger, sadness or happiness AND as usual, I was totally blown away by his mad narrating skills **fangirling moment**. His narrating is a kind of art form IMHO; he’s just so involved, interested and invested in the story and its characters, he doesn’t appear to treat the narration as just another job…and that care shows, in every word he utters. He doesn’t race through things, he seems methodical [and slow to use his own word], but I’d far rather listen to someone who truly cares about a story than not, and that is why I’ll probably buy everything he narrates within reason [even I have my limits with some authors ;)]….he’s just THAT good!!
I was much kinder to Will’s character in my review of the story than some other readers, and I loved Spencer’s interpretation of him too. Yes, it looked as though Will was supposed to be the story’s token bad guy, and had been sending out mixed signals to Leo [he SO had], BUT he was a private person, in way over his head, and had never truly expected anyone to ‘get’ him in return. Yes, Leo had known from the start that a relationship wasn’t on the cards; Will had warned him and made it perfectly clear that he would carry on with his life in his own way, and Leo had seemed to accept it then….but the heart wants what it wants, and love makes fools of us all at some stage. So yes, even though I ‘got’ Will, I didn’t like the way he did things sometimes. The last chapter however was a revelation and a real ‘light bulb’ moment, and to declare his love for Leo by shouting it loudly [and somewhat angrily it has to be said], witnessed by a small crowd of onlookers in Central Park was poetic justice I thought, and left me with a big smile on my face and tears in my eyes.
Most disappointing intermate sections too much and totally boring a total waste of a credit.
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