Back Where He Belongs

Narrated by: Gary Furlong
Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.5 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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A gorgeous, heart-warming, and kinky Christmas M/M tale from award-winning author Isobel Starling

Back in Scotland after five years working in Australia, Kier Campbell finds himself stranded on a road in the Scottish Highlands on Christmas Eve. He needs to get to the next village urgently or freeze to death in his broken-down hire car. Kier hikes down the icy road and as he walks memories of the life he'd run from - and the love he'd abandoned in Scotland - return to haunt him. 

With a blizzard fast approaching, a passing motorist finds Kier and offers him a lift. He is surprised to recognize the driver. As the weather worsens he realizes there is no way he will reach his parents' farm, and so is stranded with his saviour for the holidays. 

Kier's one Christmas wish is to make up for the mistakes he made all those years ago, but, curiously, he finds he has an unexpected rival for his lover's affections....

FYI: This "second chance at love" story contains descriptions of gay sex and puppy play (woof!).

©2016, 2017, 2018 Isobel Starling (P)2018 Isobel Starling/Decent Fellows Press
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Puppy Play

Nice second chance lovers story with some hot puppy play action. Strong writing. Cool characters.

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Lovely Second Chance Scottish Romance

"Back Where He Belongs" is a delightful second chance romance novella set in Scotland at Christmastime that features two very likeable main characters, Kier and Douglas, as they unexpectedly reconnect five years after breaking up. The loving tenderness, easy conversation and flirty banter between the two, including so easily falling back into their old nicknames for each other, felt very genuine and was just lovely. This was my first encounter with puppy play, and it was included as simply a component of their relationship and incorporated seamlessly into the story.

This audiobook made me a fan of author Isobel Starling and narrator Gary Furlong (and his fabulous Scottish accents), and I look forward to listening to more of their collaborations.

I received this audiobook for free by request and provided this honest review voluntarily.

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Second chance at love

This is a sweet second chance holiday short story with puppy play. Bad weather and a broken down car bring Kier and Douglas back together after 5 years apart.
Narrator Gary Furlong does a fabulous job.

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Story touched my heart

What a beautiful story of love, self-acceptance, and second chances, with a little bit of puppy play thrown in for fun. I adored Dougie and Kier, and my heart did a little happy dance when they found their way back to each other.

Gary Furlong, with his delightful Scottish brogue, was the perfect narrator for this story set in the snowy Scottish Highlands. His voice captured the MCs' emotions wonderfully.

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Warm holiday story

This was a fun book for me. Even though the premise of being stranded is nothing new and old lovers reuniting isn’t either, I felt this author made it fresh. Maybe it is that she know how to give such life to her characters I can picture this happening. I’m normally not a puppy or animal play reader but I felt the author did so with such good taste I enjoyed it. I think maybe it was because overall the two were comfortable together even after being separated for five years. I think the narrator did a great job and I feel that contributed to me enjoying this story

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Love this!

I absolutely love this second chance at love! Keir and Douglas are so sweet together. I love see how they get back together. This might be short but it is packed with emotions. Gray Furlong does such an amazing job with this short listen. He brings the emotions and I love it.

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Second Chance for Christmas

Isobel Starling writes the best mm Scottish romance and Gary Furlong is the best at bringing her characters to life. Although short this second chance romance still provides the steamy times, snark and feels which is just what I love about her books. Would love to see this couple get a full novel.

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Why did I wait so long to listen to this?

I've had Back Where He Belongs in my Audible library for a few months but only listened to it the other day. I needed something short to listen to and found this little gem when I sorted my library by length. When I realized that the book was read by Gary Furlong I knew I'd found the right story to listen to. (I've somewhat recently become a huge fan of Gary's.)

This is the first book with puppy play that I've read/listened to. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it but it really was sweet. The Publisher's Summary tells you what you need to know about the book. I will tell you how wonderful Gary Furlong made this story for me. The different voices this man can do are almost unbelievable.

I love second chance stories and this one was great. Although I think it was easy to predict who Kier's rival is, that in no way diminished my enjoyment of the story. In fact, it had me eagerly anticipating the big reveal.

I will definitely be listening to more books read by Gary Furlong and reading more that are written by Isobel Starling.

*Note: at the time I've written this review the summary indicates that this book includes a free short story. While the ebook does include the short story, the Audible copy does not.

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Funny and emotional..

Back Where He Belongs by Isobel Starling
Narrated by Gary Furlong
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Back Where you Belong is the first book I have read/listened to by Ms. Starling, but it definitely won’t be the last. I loved the story and the growing up and coming home feel. The narrator, Gary Furlong really brought the characters to life. I love the accent. I look forward to reading/listening to more books by Isobel Starling in the future.

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Good Dog, Second Chance M/M

Several years back, Keir ran from a relationship that he was ashamed to make public. That mistake left him unfulfilled and alone. On his first Christmas trip home since leaving, he is forced to face his ex lover Douglas and his roommate Mac. He realizes the consequences of his leaving and the mistake he may never get a chance to rectify.

Isobel Sterling does a grand job at conveying emotions and keeping the settings and conversation real. I found it a little sappy and predictable, but entertaining. She adds a surprise twist with little angst. I had it figured out pretty much from the start, but not everyone will.
Gary Furlong is awesome. I have heard many of his narratives and he never disappoints.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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  • 11-02-18

Oh, for the love of a Scotsman!

Back Where He Belongs is such a charming story of second chance love at Christmas, with a VERY kinky twist.
I adored every second of it. The narration by Gary Furlong was sublime and I got so lost in the story he was telling that the time flew. My only negative would be it was too short. I would love more from this couple from Isobel Starling and more from Gary doing their narration.

Highly recommended for M/M listeners

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  • Thing
  • 02-02-20

Second Chance with a hint of kink

A well written second chance romance with a hint of kink. Although brief, the author manages to give us a good sense of who Keir and Douglas are, where they've been, and where they're going. Even though I found the particular kink aspect a bit difficult to deal with in the sex scenes, it was such a small part it didn't really do much to spoil my enjoyment. The narrator does a fantastic job with both the accents and the characters.

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  • Lisa Hughes
  • 12-09-19

Sweet little tail 🐶

A very cute little book. Finished a bit abruptly but in a great place. I think an epilogue would have been good.
Gary Furlong's Scottish accent was so sexy!

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  • DML 🤓
  • 11-22-18

Great little novella

Isobel Starling really does write great stories.
This little story is just less than 2hrs long and is about 2 childhood friends who when older become lovers, One left to travel, one stayed behind, this is their Love Reunited story.
Gary Furlong is fast becoming one of my favourite narrators, superb..

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  • Fortuna
  • 11-11-18

Just the tale to warm your cockles....

A super tale for Christmas, just the listen for a cold and snowy evening. I loved this story, It’s everything you want in a comfort listen - a second chance at true love with a healthy dose of kink! Kier and Dougie were lovely together, without the angst you usually get in second chance tales.

Gary Furlong, well, what can I say. He’s a fabulous narrator, his accents are perfect and believable and I’d listen to him talk all day....oh yeah, I have!

Bravo Isobel, a warming tale that goes down like Baileys Hot Chocolate!