• Dyeing to be Loved

  • Curl Up and Dye Mysteries, Volume 1
  • By: Aimee Nicole Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (516 ratings)

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Dyeing to be Loved

By: Aimee Nicole Walker
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
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Publisher's Summary

Gabriel Wyatt is a big city Detective living in a small Ohio town. He expects a peaceful existence once he moves from Miami, Florida, but that’s the last thing he finds. Instead, Gabe discovers murder, mayhem, and one smart-mouthed stylist he can’t get out of his head. Josh “Jazz” Roman is a small-town business owner with big dreams and an attitude to match. He finds himself in the middle of a case that brings the dreamy detective to the front door of his Curl Up and Dye salon. Josh learns that the biggest threat to him isn’t a killer; it’s a man who wants something from him that he vowed to never give again - his heart. Both men deny that there’s something between them, even though they’re drawn together like magnets. Can Gabe convince Josh to let down his guard or will Josh let past hurts destroy his chance at a happy future? 

©2016 Aimee Nicole Walker (P)2017 Aimee Nicole Walker

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Outstanding Audio Performance and Knockout Story!

5 Stars across the board! Not only was this an amazing story with amazing characters, but the audio performance was out of this world. WHY did nobody tell me about this book sooner?

I can't believe it took me so long to get started on this series. I've had this book on my radar for some time now, but I kept putting it off because my reading list is so long. I finally had the chance to get my hands on the audiobook and I couldn't pass it up.

At first, I really didn't like Gabe. He was a judgemental smartass and I thought I was going to have a serious problem trying to connect with him thoughout this book. He says some things to/about Josh that start them off on the wrong foot and they took off dancing with four left feet. No matter how much Gabe tried to apologize and set things right, Josh just wasn't having it.

Josh was my favorite of the two MC's, and my favorite Aimee Nicole Walker character overall as well. He was sweet and sassy, not afraid to tell it like he sees it, and faaarrr too fabulous to put up with Gabe's judgemental ass. Everytime a Josh chapter started I knew I was in for a good laugh. His character was hilarious, fierce, sweet, and strong all at the same time.

Despite taking their sweet old time getting together, the romance between Josh and Gabe was worth every excruciating second of waiting. They were a perfect fit together emotionally and physically, and oh boy did they burn it up in the bedroom. I was not expecting this level of sizzle from Walker, but this book was haawwwtt.

And lets give a round of applause for Joel Leslie!! When I decided to read this book, I had no idea that Joel Leslie was the narrator. I've listened to one of his previous audio narrations (Devotion by Grace R. Duncan) and I was a little on-the-fence about the narration. I felt like Leslie exaggerated the characters a lot more than was necessary, but this book was absolutely perfect. From little old ladies with a southern accent to sassy and feminine Josh Roman and the dark and sexy Gabe Wyatt, Leslie killed it! This book is probably the best audio performance I've had the privelege of listening to yet.

This was hands-down an amazing audiobook! The story was great, the characters were amazing, I loved the romance and the heat, it was a perfect narration. Couldn't ask for more. Can't wait to read the rest of this series!!

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Savage-ly Pleasing

Joel Leslie excels at performing smart, sassy and unique characters, and his take on Josh is a masterpiece.

Dyeing to Be Loved is the first book in a series, with an emphasis on developed, nuanced characters and expectations-defying plotting, and Joel Leslie handles this complex book with exceptional skill and emotion. He becomes the characters.

Personal favorites are Josh, and the parrot, Savage. His take on Gabe is as solid as the character, and the explosive chemistry between the two MCs come across loud and clear in the performance.

The book is a must-read for realistic but unique characters, engaging plots, and a dynamic relationship that is anything but predictable. The book is enjoyable, with a subtle thread of tension and malice that thrills when people starting dying, and well, dyeing.

*Having the prequel short story added to this edition was deeply appreciated.

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Love the narration!

**Cliffhanger Alert**

All in all I liked it a lot, especially that it's from both Jazz and Gabe's POV. I'm especially glad the edition I picked up on Amazon, and the audiobook, included the original prequel story because without it felt like I was missing something big, and having the prequel, Fatal Reaction, makes all the difference in the world.

What also made a huge difference was Joel Leslie's narration. He makes it so that the emotion jumps off the page. It's very easy to follow along between the different characters with distinctive character voices, and it seems so effortless the way he's able to really punch up the storyline. Joel has the enviable ability to immerse himself and become the characters giving them passion and personality.

Three things I disliked: The time and scene jumps, Jazz's maddening hot/cold routine (which thankfully warms up by the end), and the cliffhanger. However, they are in no way stacked against the things I liked, or the narration I loved. I'm definitely grabbing book two!

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Dyeing to be Loved

I loved this series and really looked forward to the audio. I’m going to be in the minority but I struggled with the audio a little. I listen to a lot of audios so I’ve heard the narrator often. Unfortunately similar voices are used in other books so I spend too much time figuring out which books they came from. Also, something that bothers me is the long pauses at the end of chapters.

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Such a great series

This is one of my all time favorite series and I’m so glad the books are releasing in audio!! Gabe and Josh are a couple that fight their attraction to each other and through most of the book we wonder if they will ever get to the next level. The Christmas scene is one of the sweetest scenes ever!!!
Joel Leslie did a fantastic job bringing one of my favorite books to life!! He voice range is simply amazing!

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Great Performance!

What did you love best about Dyeing to be Loved?

I loved the book. I love Joel Leslie. I loved Joel Leslie performing the book.

Which character – as performed by Joel Leslie – was your favorite?

Josh, but I love Josh anyway. His portrayal of Savage was hilarious.

Any additional comments?

Joel Leslie is one of my favorite narrators. I can't wait for the rest of this series to arrive on Audible.

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Love it

this book was one of the best I have listen to it too in a long time it was funny and sad and has really good sex

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Amazing Performance!

Let me start this review by saying that I attempted to read Unscripted Love (UL) a couple months ago which is a spin-off of the Curl Up and Dye series. I was assured UL can be read as a standalone but in the first chapter I was so confused I stopped reading. I was undecided about listening to this book until I saw the name of the vocal performer.

I honestly don’t know what else I can say about Joel Leslie that I haven’t said in other reviews. He’s simply perfect. I don’t know how he keeps all the voices straight for all the characters but he does…and I can tell which characters are speaking because EVERY voice is distinct and unique. I’d love to watch him record a book because I bet it’s amazing to see.
I don’t know if I would have enjoyed this book as much if I didn’t listen to it…Mr. Leslie definitely made it worth listening to.

The story is cute…a little campy at times, a little predictable at others. Josh was frustrating with his hot/cold behavior with Gabe and Gabe was more patient than I would have been. When all their BS was stripped away they were good together. They have amazing sexual chemistry. Josh brings out the fun side of Gabe and Gabe is good at letting Josh be himself and loving him as he is.

I liked most of the supporting cast. I like that the prequel was included but didn’t like that some scenes were repeated in book 1.

As for continuing the series and revisiting the spin-off…I’m unsure. I think I would definitely listen to the next book if Mr. Leslie is the vocal performer again. I’m glad it’s on KU in case I do decide to read the rest of the series. I guess only time will tell.

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Perfect start to the series!

Josh is a successful stylist and owner of the Curl Up and Dye salon in the small town of Blissville in Ohio and Gabe is a police detective that moved from Florida following his now ex and thinking the small town would be more peaceful than the big city. From the moment Josh and Gabe meet, sparks fly and not in a good way, as one of Gabe's comments is blown out of proportion by Josh, whose fiery temper makes it almost impossible for the handsome detective to apologize. Even when a murderer seems to have set his sights on Josh, and Gabe comes to his rescue, Josh refuses to let him in, even if he can't deny his growing attraction for Gabe.

One thing is sure, there's never a dull moment in Blissville!

I won't spoil it for you further than this, because you need to either read this book or listen to the audio, but this series is absolutely brilliant! The covers are breathtaking, the complex crime storylines will keep you guessing and turning the pages and the love story between Gabe and Josh will have you sighing and wishing for more. These two are definitely hot, hot, HOT together and Aimee Nicole Walker shows us she's a master at creating very sexy scenes that almost threatened to set my kindle on fire. Never mind that the dialogue, both between Gabe and Josh and with the rest of the cast was amazing!

Joel Leslie did a fabulous job bringing Gabe and Josh (and Savage!) to life! I knew he would deliver a great Josh and he did, but my favorite voice out of the two main characters was Gabe, in this case. Joel's performance was great, giving the different scenes the emotion they called for and each character a distinctive voice. His tone is quite nice and pleasant and I think he was a perfect choice to narrate this particular book/series.

The audiobook is funny, engaging, fast-paced and character-driven, definitely one that I will listen to again!

Rating: 5 Stars!!!

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  • Kd
  • 05-24-18

Good lovers, nothing else

I found the opening narration of Bianca offensive. I don't believe it was meant to be. But the directors of that part of the narration should've thought better about who they chose to narrate that part and how it was done. It has left a permanent stain in my head and heart for those who put this work together so senselessly. Then there was the macaw named Savage who supposedly knows how to say statements that are sexual advances. The bad-mouth macaw wasn't funny nor believable. In less than 15 min. into the book, I was seriously disliking it and regretting my purchase. And it didn't get much better as I slogged through the entire thing.
The set up was weird in that this tale is broken into 2 stories. The first one setting up the murder mystery and was short in comparison to the 2nd story. After all of that, I thought there would be more investigating than actually occurred. Overall, there was little. But maybe I should've recognized that, since it's listed only as a romance and not a mystery, I think. This story tells us about Josh (aka Jazz) Roman, a less masculine, age 28, hairdresser and business owner getting together with Detective Gabe Wyatt who is age 35. This occurs in a small town in OH. The basis of the conflict between the 2 was believable but not the players (Josh and Gabe) in it. I don't think Gabe and Josh ever communicated except through sex and arguing. The story didn't pull me in, and I didn't care about either of them separately or together. Part of the conflict ignorance was Josh's alibi the night of the 2nd murder (1 murder is solved earlier). It was ludicrous and just added to my dislike of the story. Another yuck aspect was how the author wrote about being able to read folk so accurately just by their eyes. A degree of this makes sense and his plausible, occasionally. But Gabe being able to read fear & the reason for it in Josh's eyes though nothing had been or was being said. And the reason or what Gabe "saw" had never been verbalized, yet it was definitely right on point. Give me a break. And what a great coincidence that Gabe's partner detective easily accepts him being gay, even jokes with him about it and never has the slightest problem with gay folk at all or any aspect of it. This, in a small OH town, in a police department, no less, after knowing each other a short period of time. Yeah, right. The last straw was the narrator. As I stated earlier, he did a horrible and offensive job at the opening of the story. And his male character voices throughout the tale likely had a lot to do with my disinterest in the book.
There wasn't much positive in the story for me. But at least the F/F fight at the hair salon was entertaining. So was the housekeeper, Mrs. Honeycutt. She said, "Pecker tracks don't lie" (pecker as in penis).

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  • Delano
  • 11-20-18

When you find that diamond

I have passed by reading this book on numerous occasions, but a few days ago I was in the mood for some snark and the M/M Audio group on Facebook recommended this wonderful gem. I am in love with Josh(Jazz) and Gabe. I loved the development of the relationship, no insta love but a growing relationship which I hope will continue on the same way in book 2. Well done Ms Walker and thank you. Oh and I have to give a shout out to the talented Mr Joel Leslie, I have high standards from audiobooks(they are sssooo expensive) and Mr Leslie delivers every time. Thank you both excellent book great narration.

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  • Alex
  • 01-02-18

Did not disappoint

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I had previously enjoyed reading this series and was a bit worried the audio version would not do it justice. I was wrong Joel brought the characters to life perfectly, I will listen to this again and again. Can't wait for the audio version of book 2 in the series.

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  • HMM
  • 03-29-19

Tiresome drama

I had a hard time finishing this one. It should have been three hours shorter. I didn't want to hear about all the endless 'hurtful comments' and the 'avoiding to be hurt', I wanted some insight about how Josh became who he is and what kept Gabe interested in this hot/cold treatment.

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  • Angell
  • 04-14-21

Why'd ya have to go and kill the yappie dog?

Loved the characters, loved the humour, nearly chocked because of the yappie dog. Can't wait for the next instalment. 😆

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  • Dee Roberts
  • 04-12-21

brilliant

Read the books a while ago so thought I'd get the audios . Not disappointed. Love the sass in Josh's voice. Brought the story to life , off to buy Something to Dye for x

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  • Katie townsend
  • 08-17-19

Beautiful

Listening to gabe and Josh and the first chapter of their journey being brought to life by Joel Leslie's narration was such a beautiful experience

I felt every emotion that gabe and Josh was going through ups downs laughter tears intensity and uncertainty was incredible

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  • Marilyn
  • 03-31-19

Good but with bad points

The prologue was not only pointless but boring.The story contains a few repeats of the story, when a new chapter begins with one of the main characters. If this books format was redone it wouldn’t be a letdown

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 12-19-17

Great listening

Loved it. Joel was exceptional. Aimee Nicole Walker is a new author to me but won't be for long. Can't wait to continue this series. Josh and Gabe work as a couple and I loved the struggles that happened along the way.

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  • Millsy Loves Books
  • 11-29-17

Hilarious a fantastic story & fantastic narration

Why oh why have i not read anything from Aimee Nicole Walker before!! Not only was this an amazing story with amazing characters and animals ;-), but the audio performance was absolutely hilarious.

Josh was my favourite of the two main characters, he was sweet and sassy, not afraid to tell it like he sees it. Josh had me tickled pink so many times throughout this book.

I loved the slow burn between Josh and Gabe i think if they had just jumped into it i really don't think i would have enjoyed it as much as i did. They really were a perfect fit together emotionally and physically with off the charts chemistry.

I know i haven't gone into detail of this story because this was an amazing audiobook! and should be experienced. The story was great, the characters were amazing, I loved the romance and the heat, it was a perfect narration. Couldn't ask for more. Can't wait to read the rest of this series!!

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  • Lucy Oliver
  • 11-09-17

love this story

I adore gabe and Josh and have reread the story tons of times and was so excited to hear it was being turned into an Audio book and it didn't disappoint.Joel bring the characters to life in such a way it was like it was the first time.so excited for the next book xx

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 09-16-18

loved it!

What a ride! Great balance of murder mysteries, crazy and lovable characters and humour and sexy times to warrant a listen. well done Aimee and I can't wait to see what happens next...

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