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All for You

Narrated by: Guillaume Dubois
Series: For You, Book 3
Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

I want to move forward…but I don’t know how.
 

Jay Pittman’s had it rough. Kicked out of the house as a teenager for being gay, his life became a constant struggle to survive. Selling himself seemed like the only option…but thanks to a stranger’s kindness, Jay’s been able to start putting the pieces of his life back together. If only it were so easy to fix the anxiety and depression that rampage through his mind as well.
 

I’m not giving up on you.
 

Corey Rowe is a born nurturer. A doctor by trade and a volunteer working with abuse victims by choice, meeting Jay has every professional instinct engaged with the need to help Jay overcome the traumas of the past. But as Jay begins to open up, Corey must face his own demons and answer the question: Is it safe for him to lay his heart on the line?
 

They build them big in the town of Harlan, Colorado - where the winters are beautiful and the mountain men are gorgeous. Listen along as we join them in Harlan, where the pain of the past drips away as these sexy, rugged mountain men find their true loves and embrace a lifestyle of happily ever afters. This audiobook and every other audiobook in the For You Series can be listened to in any order. 

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EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE CAN BE UNPACKED IN A GOOD WAY

I really got into this book. I felt Jay’s pain and could understand Corey’s need to protect. Both come with heavy baggage that they must overcome. Corey’s is buried so deep, he seems to be buried with it. Jay’s baggage is heavy and he hates himself for the things he had to do in order to survive. They make a great couple and Corey’s nurturing ways help save Jay and he gets him the help he needs to deal with his problems.

This narrator knows how to change his voice for each of his characters and keep the listened tuned into the story.

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Lovely emotional read

This is the third book in the For You Series with developed characters. Jay is scarred from the life he has lived on the streets and Corey is a doctor who is patient and is also very nurturing. While Jay struggles to just try to live a normal life Corey is patient, and his quite way helps calm Jay. This is such a beautiful story, I love the dynamic between these two characters with all the love, support and comfort that each man shows one another. The narration was very well done. I love this series.

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"Wish I could've been there!" and What about Nick?

A nice story about gay community and caring for another gay man who is inwardly hurting while dealing with your own hurt. A little over a quarter of the way into the story there was a hint of something ominous to come and I wondered if it would answer the question of how Jay had become so traumatized.

The narrator, Guillaume Dubois, has a nice voice and I liked that he had a unique voice for the different characters.
He really seemed to enjoy pronouncing déjà vu the correct French way. His pronunciation of brusque and reconcile... not so correct.
I also noticed how, with every narrative sentence (particularly in reading the Corey portions) the last word would be read as if it were the period at the end of the sentence, and so the reading had a staccato feel to it that eventually became a bit monotonous. (The dialogue, however, was very natural and a welcome relief from the narrative portions, making me wonder if the book would be better if read without audio).

In chapter 8(9) we hear, I believe for the first time, that Jay has a beard. I had never, up to then, pictured him that way. But since the synopsis of "All for You" refers to "rugged mountain men" I guess I should have assumed that applied to Jay as well? Plus he had been homeless. He didn't sound rugged though. Corey, on the other hand, in chapter 8(9), is clean-shaven and sounded rugged.

My biggest complaint about "All for You" may be due to my not having read previous books of the series; and so, if readers of this review HAVE read them, you will likely rate this higher than my 3 stars. In particular, it seemed to me that the most interesting parts of the story were relayed through the BACKSTORIES of both Jay and Corey. (Each of their pasts sounded more interesting than their present, during which the story takes place).
The most energetic vocal outburst was a character's response to hearing about something from the backstory (or, rather, someone... who never shows up in the story itself) and the most poignant emotional response of a character was related to a previously-unmentioned character from his own backstory (who also never shows up in the story itself). It is one thing, as a reader, to "hear about" something/someone from the past and quite another to vicariously live through those events/characters as we read them in the real-time words of an unfolding story (versus being told, by a character, about what happened in the past and people they knew). You just don't get the same emotional impact that way... despite the forceful outburst I just mentioned -- that seemed (to me) a bit overdone -- by a present-day character who, like the readers of the book, are hearing about someone they never met or will meet.

If those backstories had been integrated into "All for You" -- perhaps beginning the book back all those years earlier (or cutting away to take readers back in time to when those events occurred so the reader can also live through it) rather than the whole story taking place over the few days of a relatively uneventful present -- the book would have been (in my opinion) far more engaging. While it was interesting to see Corey and Jay meet and ultimately connect, there really wasn't much present-day drama to make the overall story compelling. It's sort of felt like coming upon a crowd and finding out about what happened and why they're all still there (although what happened is all over by the time you arrive).
"Wow!" you say, "Wish I could've been here to see that!"

In my first paragraph of this review (above), I referred to "a hint of something ominous to come".
NO SPOILER.
Or maybe it is. Okay... stop reading.
Turns out ....
I warned you -- stop reading... this might be a spoiler...
I warned you.
As for the "hint of something ominous to come" that I was expecting...
it turns out there was no specific present-day event/experience that came.
Rather, the ominous event I'd braced myself for was [drum roll] the telling of the backstory and how it had led to the extreme trauma Jay experiences in the present-day. Basically what we knew all along.

From the sounds of the Epilogue, the next book may be a case of deja vu.

I had higher hopes for this book because J.P. Oliver is an excellent writer. Anyhow, it's not bad. I doubt J.P. could write a bad book. So I would still recommend, because sometimes we want a break from stories that have too much drama.

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Beautiful & Emotional

This is a truly beautiful book that took me through many ranges of emotions. Jay and Corey are both spectacular characters who both tugged at my heartstrings. Corey hasn't gotten over his pain of loss from his past and Jay can't get over all the things he did to survive after his father kicked him out of the house. Corey's patience, kindness, and understanding with Jay is remarkable and finally helps Jay to start accepting his past and move on. Jay's love for Corey helps Corey finally put his past loss behind him and move on. Corey and Jay are beyond beautiful together and I love watching them as their relationship blooms. The narrator did a great job with the story and the characters. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audiobook.

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A sweet story of finding home

Jay is Ace's cousin and comes to live with him after being on his own for many years. He's been through a lot after being kicked out from his family when he was a teen and being homeless for a long time. He's afraid and skittish, but Corey is so patient and soothing to him. I loved listening to Jay come into his own and grow stronger and stronger. He was a great, resilient character.

I liked this narration much better than the last book. Perhaps it was that I am now used to the voice, or perhaps it was because we didn't have as much Tyson in this book to annoy me (because of his voice, not because of the character--I LOVE Tyson). Either way, this was much more enjoyable for me. I'm looking forward to the next book!

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy provided by the author

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Great Book

The narrator who did the voices of the characters did an incredible job!!!! The voices really matched the characters. The book displayed how people can overcome trauma with help of family and friends.

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  • JanetNAZ
  • YUMA, AZ, United States
  • 07-06-19

Everything for Jay and Corey

I loved this story. I really appreciate how J.P. Oliver writes stories that bring to light the consequences of homophobia and PTSD.

Jay has PTSD due to his family rejecting him at a young age. He ends up on the streets. He gets help from a police officer and then goes to live with his cousin.

Corey see's Jay at a coffee bar and is smitten. He asks Jay's cousin to introduce them.

What follows his a love story and the fight to handle PTSD in order to live and love!

Great Story!

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Oh my!

Wow another great story by a fantastic author. This series is so special with everything you could want in a book. I can’t wait to listen to the next one.

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Lots of feels lead to a hea

Jay's past is enough to shatter your soul. I loved the support Ace and Corey gave him. Jay's dad was one piece of sh*t. When Corey talked with Jay's mom- the revelations are shocking! Corey were above and beyond to connect and make thing more comfortable for Jay. The ending was everything! Loved the narrator.

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  • Rebekah
  • 07-12-19

Brilliant

This is a brilliant book to listen to while it does have a heartbreaking and heartwarming storyline due to Jay’s and Coby’s pasts while different they need to learns to deal with the past and look to the future. The Narrator brought the story to life.