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Publisher's Summary

A relationship with his brother’s best friend had only ever been a dream.

A chance reunion with his brother’s childhood best friend leaves Arden hungry for attention. He’s always loved Iggy, despite their vast age difference, but he didn’t know Iggy was gay until now. His family wouldn’t approve. His brother wouldn’t approve. Plus, Arden isn’t in a position to have a relationship. 

Arden’s phobia is slowly killing him and consuming his life, and he doesn’t see a way out. He’s desperate to break free, but every day is a losing battle. It would be an impossible thing to hide, and when Iggy finds out the truth, could he love him the same, or will he decide Arden is too much to handle? 

Cravings of the Heart is a hurt-comfort brother's-best-friend age-gap MM romance with moderate angst. It is part of the Trials of Fear series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. 

©2019 Nicky James (P)2022 Nicky James

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Highly recommend!

Iggy is a paramedic. Arden is his best friends little brother.
Arden's brother Phoenix was really dislikable for most of this story.

I felt sorry for Arden and how his relationship with food was totally misunderstood by everyone around him. No one even tried to understand..

I really enjoyed watching the relationship between Arden and Iggy grow and blossom into something beautiful. Iggy's unending support without judgement or prejudice was exactly what Arden needed.

I loved Adam Golds narration. He is quickly becoming one of my favourites. He has a way of voicing the characters that brings them to life beautifully.

A beautifully crafted story about love, fear, a religious family, forgiveness and hope.

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So Good!

Each entry in this series tugs on my heartstrings in a different way and Cravings is no different. Seeing Arden's phobia impact more and more of his life was heartbreaking. Watching Iggy's kindness and compassion help Arden heal himself was heartwarming. Seeing Arden and Iggy overcome and grow together kept me hooked on this audio. Even the unlikable characters (ahem, Arden's family) kept me engaged as I day dreamed of a smackdown or two 😉 Adam Gold is a fantastic narrator for this series, who brings both the big and subtle emotions to life. His performance is truly excellent. Well worth a credit!

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nothing can beat hard work, dedication, and Iggy

I read this book when it was first released and I'm sticking to my guns that Adam brings everyone to life in a whole new way. I don't know how he does it but a;ojgr'opsifg . there are some characters that are same'sy and if you hear the other books sometimes they sound similar but pish posh its still great,

There are references to both Grey and Ireland ( and he shows up) as well as some of the other guys like Finn and Rory. I absolutely love Iggy, so much so my car is named Iggy, short for ignis instead of Ignites like our man here.. there are quite a bit of familial homophobia that can be and was a bit triggering. mainly the dad . shocker. there is one more book left in this series and I'm gonna cry again when its all over knowing how it ends.

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Before listening to this book, I had no idea there could exist a food phobia and I found it very interesting. Arden has been dealing with a fear of eating most foods ever since his twin sister and he got Botulism, especially since it cost his sister her life. Unfortunately, being one of 8 remaining siblings, his family hasn't really acknowledged his problem, other than thinking he's doing it to get attention. It's only after reconnecting with his older brother's best friend, that someone finally sees there's something wrong with Arden.

Iggy is a paramedic, and he's also very caring and sweet and soon realizes that there's more to Arden's illness than the anorexia his family thinks he has. Iggy and Arden are great together, despite their age difference, and Iggy is just the right person to help Arden face his demons.

I hated Phoenix, Arden's older brother, and Arden's parents, although Phoenix at least made an effort to help Arden once he realized how wrong he'd been about his brother. Arden's parents were not only homophobic, but also of the mentality of 'you live under my roof, so you have to do what I say.' The way they treated both Arden and Iggy made me so angry. They have a turnabout at the end, but I felt it was a little sudden and unrealistic, all things considered.

Adam Gold's performance was amazing. He always goes the extra mile with his narrations which I appreciate. He really brought the book to life for me and did a fantastic job with all the characters.

Overall, a great book to listen to! Emotional and engaging, I loved listening to Arden and Iggy's story and becoming so invested in their relationship and Arden's road to a healthier future. Very recommendable!

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Fantastic!

If you haven't listened to this series before, do yourself a favor and get to it! This is the sixth novel in the Trials of Fear series by Nicky James. James is a master author and this book displays her writing skills beautifully! Great storyline, beautiful characters, just a lovely novel! Adam Gold is perfect for this series!

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great listen!

This was a great listen! I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narrator! He did an amazing job!

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Perfect age gap, hurt comfort, brother’s bff ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cravings of the Heart is another brilliant installment in Nicky James’ Trials of Fear series. Each story focuses on a different MC battling a phobia and finding love.

This time we are faced with cibophobia, the fear of food. The disorder is slowly killing 20 year old Arden and no one in his life seems to know or really care. No one, that is, until his older brother’s best friend, Iggy. Oh my gosh, if ever there was a perfect, patient, supportive partner, Iggy Rojas would be it. His fierce loyalty and determination to truly understand Arden’s pain thoroughly warmed my heart throughout the story.

Nicky James handles mental illness with amazing sensitivity and care. She teaches us the ins an outs of a condition as she crafts her characters. I understood Arden… I felt every blow to his ego and every crushing disappointment. I worried as he seemed to vanish with nothing to keep him tethered. And then I rejoiced when his boyhood crush, now 29 year old Iggy, came back into his life.

Iggy is strength, patience, and love personified. He is written with emotional depth and maturity. He sees the chaos that is Arden and also sees the wonder that lies within. Through Iggy’s eyes I fell in love with Arden a second time. I was captivated by how Iggy saw our broken, starving boy. Arden’s is a raw, dark, painful story… and Iggy is his shining light. Their story touched me deeply, made me think and ultimately cheer… and that story will stay with me!

As always, Adam Gold delivers a flawless performance for this audiobook. He fully captures the suffering, the seeming hopelessness, and the subsequent love between these main characters. He creates distinctive voices for all involved and he even adds realistic sound effects for things like emergency radio and phone calls. Listening to him narrate is a truly enjoyable experience.

Coupling Gold’s talent with a stunning Nicky James story, I knew I was in for a wonderful time. Cravings of the Heart delivered that and so much more. I recommend it to anyone looking for a beautiful, intelligent, well researched, sensitive, hurt comfort story with excellent narration! Five stars all the way!!

Happy listening! 😊💖

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Oh Arden💔❤️So alone until Iggy❤️

Oh Arden💔❤️carrying his sorrow and phobia all alone, hiding it from everyone.

What a truly well written story about the healing of Arden as he comes to terms with his phobia. A beautiful love story too, Iggy as Ardens knight in shining armour. Iggy❤️❤️❤️

His parents was very unlikeable, religious homophobes, whom I cursed so many times during my listening.

Adam Gold is as always a sublime voice actor, who really breathes Arden, Iggy and all the side characters to life. I was quite blown away!!!

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Beautiful

This emotional romance is wonderful. I felt so much for both characters. Poor Arden, the very thing a person needs to live is what terrifies him the most. His phobia is killing him and no one around him seems to notice or care, until Iggy walks back into his life, but with that comes more complications, and Arden has enough of those.
These two men have a lot of trusting to do if they're going to make a relationship work. They have a lot of growth, healing, and dealing with unreasonable family if they want Arden to live.
Nicky James once again wrote a beautiful story and Adam Gold brought it to life so wonderfully.

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absolutely beautiful

I have loved every single book from the Trials of Fear series, and Cravings of the Heart was no exception.

The characters are all flawed, which makes them so much more realistic (to me). To experience their struggles first hand, and to read what is pushing their decisions, is really intriguing, and only pulls me further into the story.

Cravings of the Heart was an intensely beautiful mixture of angst, hope, love, and a much deserved HEA ❤

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 06-20-22

Emotional narration!

Before listening to this book, I had no idea there could exist a food phobia and I found it very interesting. Arden has been dealing with a fear of eating most foods ever since his twin sister and he got Botulism, especially since it cost his sister her life. Unfortunately, being one of 8 remaining siblings, his family hasn't really acknowledged his problem, other than thinking he's doing it to get attention. It's only after reconnecting with his older brother's best friend, that someone finally sees there's something wrong with Arden.

Iggy is a paramedic, and he's also very caring and sweet and soon realizes that there's more to Arden's illness than the anorexia his family thinks he has. Iggy and Arden are great together, despite their age difference, and Iggy is just the right person to help Arden face his demons.

I hated Phoenix, Arden's older brother, and Arden's parents, although Phoenix at least made an effort to help Arden once he realized how wrong he'd been about his brother. Arden's parents were not only homophobic, but also of the mentality of 'you live under my roof, so you have to do what I say.' The way they treated both Arden and Iggy made me so angry. They have a turnabout at the end, but I felt it was a little sudden and unrealistic, all things considered.

Adam Gold's performance was amazing. He always goes the extra mile with his narrations which I appreciate. He really brought the book to life for me and did a fantastic job with all the characters.

Overall, a great book to listen to! Emotional and engaging, I loved listening to Arden and Iggy's story and becoming so invested in their relationship and Arden's road to a healthier future. Very recommendable!

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  • Amelia
  • 06-19-22

Another gripping, emotional romance

Arden's struggle throughout this audio tore at my heart, and once again I was reminded of how raw and emotional Adam Gold's narration can be. Nicky James has created something unique and special with this series, and every time I press play I know I'm in for a captivating, angsty journey.

Arden's situation was particularly chilling to me, both because everyone around him had incorrectly categorized his disorder and because he himself knew he was wasting away but felt powerless to change the outcome. His story sent a powerful message about challenging assumptions, even those made by professionals and family members, and it was scary to see how close to the edge he got before someone finally figured out the truth. It broke my heart to listen to the fear and hopelessness that plagued Arden in the first part of this story, and I'm so thankful that Iggy didn't settle for anything less than honesty from him. The two of them may have started out as awkward, unsure lovers, but as they grew closer Iggy quickly became the sturdy rock Arden could lean on. Their romance was sometimes achingly sweet in contrast to the rest of the story, with such cute dates, snuggles, and unconditional acceptance. I bought in fully to Iggy and Arden's emotional connection, and though their steamy moments were slower to build, it didn't make the romantic buildup any less satisfying. As if Arden and Iggy didn't have enough to deal with already, their story also contained multiple messy family sub-plotlines. The gradual evolution of Arden's family's perceptions felt both realistic and satisfying, and though they took much longer to get there than I wanted, I was pleased that they had open enough minds to allow their assumptions to be challenged. My only complaint is that sometimes I felt like Iggy was a supporting character instead of an equal protagonist in this story. I get that the focus of this story was always going to be Arden's phobia, but it left their relationship feeling very one-sided instead of like an equal partnership. I assume that balance will be restored in the future, now that Arden is finally getting the help he needs, but it's the one loose end that didn't get fully tied up.

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.

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  • loveQhuay
  • 06-18-22

Fear of the food and eating. LOVE IT

I looooooove this story and on audio with Adam's voice, just *eeeeeeeek*. Perfection. I love how he gives life to this characters with his voice, full with emotions. Nicky created an amazing world with this series, different love stories around different phobias, and then comes an awesome narrator and brings them to life, it's just perfect.

Teenage crush turning into love, brother's best friend, add an eating disorder ermm I mean phobia, fear of eating. Love it. And the characters are just the best. Loved reading this and now listening to it was great too

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  • Mandy
  • 06-08-22

Absolutely Brilliant ❤️❤️

Another amazing addition to the trials of fear series by Nicky James was hooked from the start Adam Gold's narration blew me away how he brought Iggy & Arden to life and told us there heartbreaking and emotional journey together is superb he pulls you into the story and you feel everything these two go through it pulls at the heartstrings and doesn't let go i recommend so much you'll love it ❤️❤️

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  • DanNet
  • 06-03-22

what an emotional story

wow, I'm not sure what to say. Nicky has this tendency to write the most emotional and heartfelt stories and writes about difficult issues that you don't read a lot about and it's very clear she has done her research. i had tears in my eyes a lot of times listening to this. I felt Arden's anxiety. But above all it was a beautiful love story between Arden and Iggy but also about acceptance and love in a family. The narration was spot on too. Nick did so well with telling the story and getting the emotions and feelings across. I really enjoyed listening to this.

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  • Macbandit
  • 05-31-22

Touching

This story is a heartbreaker. It is mainly about Arden who has a phobia of food. He lost his twin sister years ago through botulism from food prepared badly. Arden also had it but he was able to recover but ended up with a few problems besides the phobia. He also is gay and comes from parents that believe he should be able to overcome it! He has been lying about why he is not eating but again his parents believe this is a choice of his. Arden also has had a crush on his brother’s best friend Iggy for years. When circumstances bring them together the attraction between them moves beyond crush. Iggy is a EMT so he feel’s Arden’s problems are more than he is admitting. When Arden ends up hospitalized the story gets serious. Iggy’s character is wonderful. He stands by Arden. It is interesting to see the family relationships as they change. There are so many issues addressed in this story and yet the author does a wonderful job of making sense of everything, addressing it all and making me really enjoy the stories. I think Adam Gold did a great job of bring life to the different characters. His narration made the story that much more enjoyable.

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  • AL
  • 05-31-22

To conquer it all

Story: Oh my lanta! The wringer the author put the MCs through was really impressive! I am in awe of Nicky James' talent of portraying the emotional traumas and struggles. The writing craft is really spot on and the story had my heart in a vise grip from start to finish!
Narration: The performance was so perfect! I fell in love with Arden all over again with the spot on voice Adam Gold gave him! It brought the story to a whole new level!

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  • Katie townsend
  • 05-26-22

Beautiful performance

Listening to Adam gold bring Arden and iggy to life was just pure perfection i felt all the feels emotions heart breaking moments and also the cute adorable and the heart warming moments

The storyline words and narration was absolutely breath taking

Adam gold didn't just narrate Nicky James's words and Arden and iggys's journey he performed them

Nicky James and Adam gold are the perfect combination

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  • Starwarslover
  • 05-23-22

amazing

this was amazing.. the narrator did such a good job with these characters personalities and who they are meant to be.. the bantar and the love. the narrator made me feel as if i was a part of them and made me feel as if i was in their lives with them and it made me happy to listen to. i really liked it and it was wonderfully done.

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  • The Smut Librarian
  • 06-13-22

My favourite of the series!

All the feels! I really felt deeply for Arden’s journey and just loved Iggy’s patience and understanding when building a relationship. Nicky is a master of delving into the motives and motivations for a character and her creation of Arden is a great depiction of that. Very well done.
Adam Gold's narration is superb!