Aaron Hall has never been able to remain faithful to a single woman, and for most of his life, he's dated two women at once. Recently his girlfriend tracked him down and knocked on his door - and his live-in girlfriend answered. Now he has no girlfriend and a mortgage he can't pay by himself.
Vinnie Rosello needs to change his life - get a better job, stop drinking all his money away, find himself a serious boyfriend...and move out of his parents' house. Aaron needs help with his expenses, so they become housemates.
Even though Aaron harbors some misconceptions about gay men and Vinnie misses his large Italian family, both men find comfort in their friendship. It's a good arrangement until everything between them changes.
Vinnie falls in love with Aaron, and Aaron is shocked to realize he feels the same. There's only one problem - he's still straight. He'll have to overcome his fear of labels in order to love the man who's captured his heart.
©2016 Renae Kaye (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
Joel Leslie does a great job with the character voices (and, oh! how I love his Jamie and Vinnie voices!), pacing and timing.
I picked up the audio because I genuinely enjoy Joel Leslie, particularly his Australian accents, so even though when I had read the story I had been frustrated I thought maybe listening would have a different impact.
If anything the narration brings the bi-erasure that drove me crazy even more starkly to notice.
So while I can be objective and say the narration was wonderful, as expected, the story itself was almost more maddening to me via audio than reading.
There was an opportunity here to be inclusive. To give voice to a very marginalized, often persecuted, group...and it wasn't taken. Not only wasn't it taken, but I felt like the story took every opportunity to shut bisexuality down as hard as it possibly could be at every mention. And that's disheartening.
If you can completely ignore the bi-erasure there's a lot of warmth and love in this book. The friendship between Liam and Aaron is very sweet, the interactions between Vinnie and Aaron are, for the most part, lovely, and it's a fun, cute read with likable characters, low angst, lots of sweetness, and a wonderful HEA.
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