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Endless Stretch of Blue

Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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Lorenzo Moretti and Damon Blackwell have never met, but they're tied together by the same tragedy. They were both there that night. They each lost someone they loved. They've been living as shells of their former selves ever since. Running into each other and realizing their shared pasts? Pure serendipity.

Being together is a tingle at the base of Enzo's spine, a comfort that settles into Damon's bones. No one understands what they went through the night the club caught fire - until now. For the first time, they have someone to lean on, someone who knows all the right things to say and when to say nothing at all. Neither of them has been with another man before, but their shared connection grows from friendship and explodes into something more, something raw and desperate and real. Now, they're dealing not only with their pasts, but their new relationship, the one thing that calms their internal storms.

Enzo and Damon might not know much else, but with every touch, with every word, and every night spent exploring each other's bodies, they know they're in love. They keep each other going, show each other what happiness really is.

But love alone can't get them through. Damon and Enzo must decide if they really have what it takes to work through their trauma and fight for the happily ever after that's waiting just on the horizon.

©2019 Riley Hart (P)2019 Riley Hart

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It’s been a while since I read a really SATISFYING romance and even longer since I heard an audio version this good. A good story with a terrible narrator can become a terrible story, and I’ve seemed to run into a wall of duds lately. Not so for this book. Omg I adored this story and the characters. Riley Hart’s work is hit or miss for me sometimes, but this one is a resounding hit. I don’t want to give too much of the story away and I’m sure other reviewers will mention the basic plot so I’ll skip that part and go to what makes this book stick out. First of all I have not once read a gfy plot that was this authentic and real. It sincerely came across like two straight men falling in love with each other, the development wasn’t just glossed over. I love that this relationship grew in intimacy over time, their discovery and exploration of one another was extremely believable and heightened the tension in just the right way. It wasn’t fetishized, it was beautifully supported by a truly unique and healing connection. Also amazing is how despite the heavy subject matter the book just felt WARM, light and kind. There were instances of frustration, mainly at external elements, and there was no contrived conflict. Both men had their demons and I loved how instead of using it as a weak plot device to stir up the action, Hart instead focused on the inner conflicts of what they both experienced and the familial conflict, but never against each other. I loved that they trusted each other and were there when it counted, it was a beautiful journey to watch these two fall in love.

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Love this Story!

Love Riley Hart and Joel Leslie!! Good, little angst, sweet, and let’s not forget, HOT, book!

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Awesome

Loved it...It is such a beautiful story... Thank you Riley so much for writing it. 🙂❤️

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loved it

It's review time 🎧

Endless Stretch of Blue
By Riley Hart
Narrated by Michael Pauley
Finished
Narrator score🎧 ; Michael did an incredible job the book one of the very best narrator out-there and yet again you didn't disappoint

Level of steam🔥: this book was very very very hot in the best kind of way the book was full with filling it took a lot time to get to full physical encounter and it was lovely and very hot and I adored it

Level of anxiety and sadness0😱😢: the book is sad by circumstances the main characters lost their family members and somehow connected and tell in love with each other book isn't a happy one but it's very very good story I you will say I cried in this book but it wasn't an ugly cry

The book itself📖: Riley is one of my favorite authors and yet again she didn't disappoint the book was absolutely incredible I liked a lot of things about the characters they are two very mature and yet again very hurt people buy life circumstances family friends and they live through it and it's amazing to see how your love is flourishing bit by bit how would the insecurities are there but they are going through it together and sometimes by themselves I just adored this book

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Enzo and Damon are wow.

This book is sad 😢 going in and the on going turmoil these two men face is so difficult to imagine dealing with. The family that has lost an adult child due to horrific circumstances. Damon lost his sister and his mother has Alzheimer's and he has to tell her over and over that Katie is gone because she forgets. Enzo lost his brother and is faced with his family members dealing with the loss. He feels that they blame him and wish it had been him. These two men have a chance meeting and really hit it off even before they find out they were both part of the same tragic event. They are drawn together as friends but much more. They learn to talk to each other and work through their grief. They soon realize they are attracted to each other as well but will move slowly. These men are exactly what they need, each other and have fallen in 💘 love. This is a freaking awesome book and the narrator it's perfect for this.

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Endless Stretch of Blue

I was happy when this released to audiobook so I could finally read it. I was hesitant only because the subject matter seemed a little heavy. Of course it’s a Riley book so I had to listen and I’m so glad I did! I may have had a few tears but they were worth it. And of course the narrator did a fantastic job!

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A touching tale of grief and acceptance

What an unexpected book. When it came out I read the synopsis and thought it would be good, but I didn’t see it coming. The book centers around two men who live very different lives. Enzo Moretti is a good Italian boy. He comes home to ‘sauce’ every weekend with his family and does his best. He’s a successful carpenter who builds beautiful cabinets, but he can never please his family. His older brother Ricky is the apple of his parents’ eye and Enzo knows he’ll never be good enough. He tries, but the fact he isn’t settled down with a nice girl and making good Italian babies is a constant cause of strife with his mother. Enzo’s a good guy, to be sure. Just not as ‘perfect’ as his brother.

Damon Blackwell has a successful career as a hospital administrator. He is a dutiful brother and son. His sister Katie is a little on the wild side, but Damon is always there to rescue her from scrapes. His mother is sick, so he’s always there to ensure she has the best care. He does his best but it never quite feels good enough because so much of his life is not under his control.

Both men face the worst night of their lives. They were there when the club caught on fire. They both lost someone they love. They both have to continue on, living with the ever-present guilt. Living with the ‘what if’. Haven’t we all done that? Maybe not lost someone so tragically and devastatingly, but done something that had unforeseen consequences where something bad happened. Then had to live with always wondering if you had just done something different – driven a different route or called someone at the right time – that tragedy might not have struck.

But life’s not like that. You don’t get a do-over. You have to learn to live with the pain.

And so, day after day, Enzo and Damon continue on with their lives. They go to work. They attend their parents. And they don’t really deal with what is hurting them the most. Oh they put on a good show, but they’re just shadows of their former selves. Until one night when they meet fortuitously. They spend some times together before they realize they share something deep and painful. They part and it seems like there’s an end to it, but fate brings them together again.

This book is very much a gay-for-you story. Neither man has been in any kind of relationship with another man before – never even looked at a guy. Certainly never considered dating one. And a physical relationship? Would have at least wigged them out to think about it. Yet something works between the two of them. And it’s not just the shared grief – although that’s part of it. It’s that they’ve both been lonely. Both are seeking someone they can take care of and love. Sometimes in relationships one person takes on the caregiver role and occasionally it falls to Damon, but Enzo is just as supportive. As time passes, there is real caring there. Even love.

This is a special book in so many ways. It’s a simple story. Aside from the family and a couple of close friends, the story really centers around the two men. It’s a very intimate story. The bulk of the book is just time spent by the two men alone. Exploring and testing the concept of moving on. Not forgetting, of course, but of finding a way to live with the grief and guilt. This is a hopeful story.

I have to take a moment to mention the narrator Michael Pauley. He’s one of my favorites because he always delivers a solid performance. I love his style and how he takes a tough story and delivers a powerful performance. I love that with him I get the comfort of a familiar voice and yet the distinctiveness of each character. I love that he gives his all for every performance.

This is a great book. Somehow simple in its execution yet oceans-deep in its emotion. It’s a story that will stay with me for a long time.

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Endless love for this book!

I love the book and love the audio version even more.

This is an emotionally charged story. Both MCs have been “existing” instead of living after experiencing a tragedy that resulted in both losing their sibling. It is heartbreaking to read how the loss has affected them and their families.

The tentative friendship grew into a strong bond, Enzo and Damon became the best of friends. Leaned on to each other. It didn’t take much for the friendship to grow into something more. But what if Enzo and Damon have always been straight? Never even thought of being with a man.

Hurt/Comfort. Friends to lovers. Family dynamics. Ms. Hart’s words. Michael Pauley’s voice. All perfect ingredients for an excellent audio book!!!

Listen to this. Fall in love with Enzo and Damon. You won’t regret it!

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Just wow!

Riley Hart hits it hard with the Endless Stretch of Blue. Hurt/comfort, love, loss, and first time GFY mm romance, Endless Stretch of Blue follows Enzo and Damon as they form a bond brought on by their shared tragic past. That bond grows into friendship and then blossoms into something more meaningful. Riley has written yet again another beautiful story that’ll leave you wanting so much more but will leave you thoroughly satisfied. As always, my one click narrator Michael Pauley, delivers an amazing performance bringing all the emotions and rawness of Enzo and Damon. Five overall bittersweet and beautiful stars for this one, definitely worth it! Happy Reading all!

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Love it!

Riley hart is one of my favorite authors. She never disappoints. Her books always make me feel, and I love that. Endless stretch of blue is about two men who have been threw the same tragedy. There relationship develops slowly, and you get all the feels. Micheal pauley always nails it, nothing new 🥰🥰

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