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The bigger you become, the harder you fall. 

Sebastian Saunders is a rising rock star. Jay Ruttman is a Premier League football player. Their year-long relationship is hot commodity. Hounded by the press and fans alike, the lovers struggle to keep their private lives private. 

Flying high in the charts and having Jay by his side, Seb is finally living his dream. But Jay’s new, promising career is threatened when a horrific injury on the pitch has him side lined - not only in the game but also in his relationship with Seb.

Jay’s crippling self-destruction spirals out of control, tearing them apart. To move forward, both men must learn to leave their past behind - not so easy when it keeps coming back to haunt them. 

Can their hard-fought relationship survive the ultimate test? 

This is the concluding part to the District Line series where the full-time whistle could signal an end to their turbulent journey...or is it just the beginning?

©2018 C F White (P)2020 C F White

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Absolutely brilliant! What a journey

Can Seb's and Jay relation survive the real world?
Do they have what it takes?

This series in angsty, heartbreaking and will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions.

I was invested in Seb and Jay's relationship right from book 1 and have been rooting for them since.

I loved the ending and was glad that all the loose ends were neatly tied up.
I absolutely recommend listening to this one in the series order for maximum enjoyment as these are not standalones.

The narration was enjoyable and entertaining. Piers Ryman did a great job in distinguishing the characters and giving them thier own voices.

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A great finale to an awesome trilogy

When I first embarked upon the story of the entitled emerging rock star and the struggling footballer, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into. When the third book drew to a close, I know I’d found something special. Something with that extra awesomeness.

In some ways, the story is simple – two guys who bump into each other, discover each is gay, and move into a relationship. A few bumps, a few bruises, a broken leg, a move across the ocean, fame, and homophobia and voila, a series you have.

This book begins with Jay and Seb settling into life living together. This is Britain in the mid-2000’s, so we’re nowhere near legal marriage. That being said, the men are committed to each other. Their time apart has shown them that they are happier together. Are meant to be together.

But this is a C.F. White book so it can’t be all hearts and roses. And it isn’t because the men have barely resumed their new activities – Seb playing in the band and Jay back on the pitch – when Jay is taken out by a horrific injury. I mean, like, ouch. Devastating to say the least. Seb is there at every moment but a distance between them grows as Jay is running out of patience and pushing Seb away. It all comes to a head and it’s only with the intervention of their friends that both men finally pull their heads out of their asses.

But then if they’d communicated in the first place, the book probably wouldn’t have been as good. Had to add a little angst. And speaking of their friends – a few surprises in store that I did not see coming. All good, I promise.

In the end, I got my happy ending. Something I demand these days. I even got a special epilogue that made my heart sing. This is a great series and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up any other C.F. White book. And I can’t finish without mentioning Piers Ryman. I have a thing for British accents and although I’m not so good at spotting upper class versus working class, Ryman had a distinctive voice for each character and it worked. The whole book just worked. So glad I listened.

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Skillfully narrated and satisfying ending

I was pleasantly surprised at how emotional the narrator was, and though his narration went a long way into making this book that much more engaging and appealing to me.
I felt like their story was bound to have a turbulent ending, with Jay injured and depressed it seemed like the whole world was against them. And yet, they pulled through.
.I found the soccer side of the book interesting and realistic, and I usually don't really go for Sport Romance at all! I loved how all three books really took the reader on a journey and showed how far they came, and how much they grew.

To conclude, this entire series was a surprise, and the narrator I had doubts about at first because of odd pacing turned out to be a master at accents and emotions. I will say some accents were a bit hard to understand for me, but I credit it to authenticity.

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The best

The best follow up that I could ever ask for. I honestly hope and wish that there was another book. Both narrator and author are now on my list of favorites. Well done

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great ending

Would I listen to it again: yes
Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Was I invested in the characters: yes

Story comment: started a little slow with Jay and Seb settling into their new normal, but the pace soon picked up when the relationship is threatened. The story is well written with a roller-coaster of emotions and both Jay and Seb have shown good growth over the course of this trilogy.

Narrator comment: I enjoy Piers Ryman as a narrator. I had no problem distinguishing characters, understanding accents or feeling the emotions of the story and he's really added to my whole enjoyment of the trilogy.

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A great ending for the series.

Oh my! Parts of this story just tore me up; the things that Jay goes through are so awful. But love and perseverance finally triumph.

Jay takes a lot of flak for coming out and it causes him some major problems on the pitch. He gets injured and his football (soccer) career is in jeopardy. Seb and his band find success which results in some conflict between him and Jay.

There are trust issues between Seb and Jay in this one but they both finally open up to each other and make their relationship a priority. They each find professional success and get their romantic happy ending.

Piers Ryman's performance of this book, and the entire series, was really wonderful. I love the accents he uses and his delivery of C.F. White's words brought me to tears more than once. This is a series that I can highly recommend.

A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

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Lovely ending to the trilogy

This is the final book in the District Line trilogy and while it is a complete story on its own – you definitely need to read/listen to Kick Off & Break Through first.

Come Back starts out a little slower but in some respects I enjoyed the fact that the first half was low angst. We were able to enjoy Jay & Seb settling into their new normal as a cohabitating couple. About half way, things start to pick up and their relationship is threatened by career trajectory, media/public speculation, injury, a blast from the past, and family revelations.

At one point I was a little worried that “the big misunderstanding” was going to be predictable, but was pleasantly surprised by the direction C F White took our characters on during their journey. There are a lot of obstacles to overcome, but the angst isn’t repetitive or needlessly drawn out – which I loved.

There’s an adorable HEA for Jay & Seb as well as a lovely epilogue. Overall, this trilogy has been wonderful and I’m so glad to have listened.

Piers Ryman is a great narrator. While I still feel that his voice sounds a bit older than our couple – he does Jay & Seb so well that it works. His voice for Stephen continues to be spot-on smarmy (skin crawling listening to those parts). This is a big cast with a lot of male characters and Ryman gives them all a unique sound and personality. I look forward to more by him.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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great conclusion when the wrinkles are ironed out

The jealousy and biases at the beginning were enough to make me wretch. smh! gutwrenching! I was incensed that the press would blame the victim for staying and standing up rather than slinking away like he's guilty !! Blame the true bigots !! Finally. the scales are removed from Seb's dad's eyes And Stephen is finally seen for the predator and liar he is. Will comes to terms with himself and his son! Kudos on the redemption. Trust issues and someone vying for Jay's affection . I didn't expect the complications and fall out. It broke me soul. Hea- see how it happened. I lovef these guys. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator wad great with voices and expressions.


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  • Louisa Mae
  • 05-25-20

Brilliant trilogy - well worth a listen.


I went into this series blind/cold whatever you want to call it, but this was a new author and narrator for me and it took me a while in the first book to get used to the narration, but once I did I was hooked, so three books later I am now officially in mourning as I’m really gonna miss them. Seb and Jay have been through so much to get to where they are and just when you think there isn’t anything else that can happen or throw them a curve ball, the events of book three happen. This book has angst, moments that will totally melt your heart and equally ones that will make your blood boil and make you wish you could reach into the book and throttle them. Jay’s career is taking off, and he’s still struggling with being an out pro footballer in a very masculine arena. Seb is of course, Seb, there is no other way to describe him. If you’ve listened to the other books you know he suffers from the ability to no keep his mouth shut when it’s needed, but not one of his actions or reaction comes from anything but a place of deep rooted love for his “champ”, Jay. These two struggle with becoming the successes they’re dreamed off along with juggling their relationship and keeping those around them happy.

Seb really does have some amazing one liners, and I regularly found myself laughing,, sniggering or snorting while listening, which is great, except when you’re listening while walking during the UK lockdown. Yeah, those poor people who’ve been near me must thing I am some kind of basket case, not that I care.

The narrator, really hit the emotions on the head with this, there was such care taken in bringing the characters to life and putting the emotions into them. It really does come through when you listen, and it can be so subtle, from the way his voice catches in the right way when Seb or Jay get emotional . It also translates through their actions and reactions to each other, breathing life into their love, making it palpable, ensuring it really comes through in the narration as you listen. Also the way the different accents switch and change from an East End native to the clipped tones of Seb's father, they are seamless as they blend and switch perfectly.

I know this is the end of the story, and I’m sad about it, so am hopeful we might, maybe get some more from these two as I feel there is more to say, mainly as I can’t imagine Seb shutting up for more than a few minutes at a time.

As it stands, a truly outstanding trilogy and one I will go back to and re-listen when I need a pick me up.


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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 05-17-20

A satisfying rollercoaster ending to a great series!

Disaster befalls Jay’s premier league football (soccer) career just as Seb’s rock music career begins to take off. A moving hurt / comfort story to round off the stunning District Line series. I loved this as much as the previous books, the characters feel real, the plot resolutions are hard-earned, and the emotional rollercoaster kept me hooked the whole time. I finished this book feeling utterly satisfied! 🎧 Piers Ryman does such justice to the story - his accents, pacing, and emotional realism were superb.

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  • TBJR...UK
  • 11-24-20

we are back for a third time things are hard still

Did I get what I wanted? That would be the questions as I listened to each chapter unfurl and envision each scene as they played out. Would I say that I wanted more or expected more? That would be a soft maybe. The direction was more or less predictable but the layering of the events was a nice change. There was and is something about MM romances that make me almost stupidly walk-in to love and feel that it is so much the reality that I read in my romance stories or see on the big or little screen. I do know that they are the escape that I have come to realize is the world around us. District Line has been a series that took me away from the world and what we have going on in it today. I am hooked on these two and their fight to have that ever lasting, ever after, forever.

I loved Jay and Seb. I loved that Piers did a fantastic job. He carried his weight of giving me that something extra the narrator voice can and should add to the story. He was consistent throughout this read and the entire series.

Reasons I enjoyed this book:
Easy-to-read Entertaining Page-turner Realistic Wonderful characters

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  • AL
  • 08-05-20

Such a rollercoaster!

Story: I am speechless. It took me a while to come down from the emotional high and be able to write anything! The emotions run high and the plot the author cooked up for the guys is amazing! All the feels are played out brilliantly and I could not get away from this story!
I'm gonna miss those guys a lot!

Narration: Wonderful job! Some of the heavier accents took some getting use to, but it all fits the story perfectly!

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 07-25-20

as good as the ebook

The story is always 4-5 stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, I’m over the half, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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  • HelenMK69
  • 06-22-20

Fantastic book

Loved this third book in this series. The story of Jay and Seb has been building over the last two book and comes to a conclusion. At some points I was on the edge as my nerves were getting frayed.
The ups and downs, the angst all got to me at times. But there is romance, tears, pain and heart ache, but the end made me happy.
The narration was great as it was in the previous 2 books. Well worth the read/listen.

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  • SC
  • 06-03-20

Fantastic end to the series

I can't say enough about how much I love the District Line series, Come Back is a fantastic conclusion to Seb and Jay's story. So many romance books focus on the getting together part of a relationship so its refreshing to see an established couple living their lives and dealing with whatever comes their way.

These boys are certainly put through it in this book and it was tough to listen to in some parts, my heart was breaking for them and I really didn't know how it was going to unfold. From book 1 I have been invested in this relationship and totally rooting for them to get their HEA, it feels true and authentic. Both Jay and Seb are very likable characters and you can't help but want them to succeed.

Its a beautiful story and it was nice to get more from the side characters in this book.

Piers Ryman performs this book expertly, there’s a lot of emotion from all character and he conveys this so well. He really brings you on Seb and Jay’s journey, be prepared for all the feels!

You should also be prepared for a major book hangover after this series, I just want it to keep going.

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  • P D
  • 09-06-20

Wonderful!❤️

Oh my! I have just loved this whole series and this book was the perfect third book. So many emotions, I was totally wrapped up in Seb and Jay and didn’t want it to end. Once again the narration was wonderful. I will certainly be looking for more by C F White.