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Publisher's Summary

Brad spends his days swinging a hammer and his weekend nights pouring drinks just to keep his nose clean. At only 21, he's already had enough trouble to last him a lifetime. But when he realizes the boy upstairs has new injuries that coincide with loud shouting matches from that apartment, he knows he has to do something to help.

©2015 Aria Grace (P)2015 Aria Grace

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Very sweet

This was an incredibly sweet little story. The story and characters are very well developed for such a short story. Lots of drama and angst. Very much enjoyed this. I'll definitely be checking out the rest of this series.

The narrator gave a wonderful performance. His reading style was somewhat sedate however. I speed up the book to 1.5x and I enjoyed it much better.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Misty
  • Washington
  • 09-01-16

5 Star Everything

Any additional comments?

I am so in love with this short story. I would think that it would have stayed on the surface without enough time to dive into the deeper emotions but I couldn't be more incorrect. Luka was full of intense emotional drama and a sexy romance for the ages.

I was so heart broken by Luka's struggles that his sexuality had brought him. Being judged for your sexuality is one of the issues that just really breaks my heart and I thought this book was told in such a respectful way.

I am excited to move onto the rest of this series and and meet the other characters.

Tim Todd is a new narrator to me and he was fantastic. He told the story in a way that the characters were each represented with different tones, which made it remarkably easy to follow and I was never thrown out of the story due to narration, he kept me deep in it the entire book. Excellent job.

I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review by audiobook boom.

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My Name is Luka

Luka! Poor sweet and innocent Luka, he's so close to finishing high school and turning 18 when he meets Brad. Lukas dad is a horrible abusive Jerk, and Brad does what he can to protect Luka from him. With help from a few friends (from previous books in this series) they are able to keep Luka away from his dad until Luka turns 18. I was glad to see that Brad held his morals and waited till Luka was 18 until anything happened between them, knowing that Luka really needed help and friends before even thinking about starting a relationship. good book.
Audio - I think this was my first time listening to a book narrated by Tim Todd. He did ok. I wanted to laugh every time he did the voice for Luka's dad it just sounded over the top funny. lol. But other than that he did good overall with everyone and I enjoyed listening to this book.

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  • CK
  • 01-20-18

Sweet m/m romance overcomes eye-rolling plotline.

I had a hard time rating this one, because I did ultimately like and enjoy the story, despite some outlandish plot twists worthy of a soap opera.

At first listen, the narration seemed a bit flat and character voices indistinguishable ... but after a few minutes, I was able to follow along with no problem and the narration did make the story more enjoyable for me (than just reading it myself).

In the end, despite the eye-rolling plot points, the sweet m/m romance proved to be memorable and worth the listen. This was my first Aria Grace book and first I read in the series. I was able to follow along with no problem and went on to listen to other books in this series (since they are included in the Romance Package).

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not quite what I was looking for but still good

I'm not gonna lie I just wanted to hear a book with a little story and lots of hot guy action, but this book was the other way around, and I enjoyed it very interesting. the main antagonist is resolved too quickly and cleanly. the sex happens in like the last five minutes I was disappointed by how short it was and how the book just ends right after that. I'm hoping the other books have just a tad bit more that being said the story was intriguing and the narrator did an awesome job, he had a "bedroom voice" the whole time and I liked it.

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An Unexpected Saviour and the Man He Saves

My Name is Luka is a touching book about a young man who is weeks away from his 18th birthday who can hardly wait to escape his physically abusive father.

After one beating that caused a mild concussion his downstairs neighbor who is 21 takes him in and helps him recover from the concussion. After a second literal whipping almost to the point of death Luka, the near-18 y/o, is taken my Brad, his friend and neighbor, to a couple who volunteer at an LGBTQIA homeless youth shelter.

I must congratulate Brad on his self control because he refuses to do anything untoward until Luka turns 18. Luka gets the best birthday present ever. Not just great sex but a life-partner.

I recommend this book. Aria Grace is never shy on taking on the tough topics that face the LGBTQIA community and the greater community at-large.

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Bring tissues!!!

When I started my binge listening Aria Grace, I only read the description of 1 book. After that, I one clicked several more (audio & kindle versions). I started Luka without reading the blurb.

Tim Todd has a voice that haunts you! He brings to life the heartbreak, the longing. You can almost feel every bruise, each tear that falls. Long after the story ends, his voice remains. Soothing you, guiding you, leaving its mark in your heart.

Oh my goodness, the words Tim Todd reads. Luka broke my heart. I wanted to wrap him up, love him, protect him. He suffers, he yearns, he stays resilient & strong. Every person needs Brad in their life. Hard working, honest, determined to do the right thing. When an injury changes Brads schedule, his life will never be the same. A chance encounter will push both men to examine themselves, what's right and fight for what could be.

I loved this book! It's filled with love, hate, longing & the determination to protect while doing the right thing. What you want isn't always what is best, and that struggle is clearly portrayed & felt.

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Hot and Touching M/M Romance

Luka's story was truly touching having read and experience his hurt from his loss and harsh life. I enjoyed how his and Brad's relationship progressed and how Brad was careful with him and took such good care of him. The love that grew between them was undeniable and felt natural. The overall performance of this audio was very good and a pleasure to listen to. I am reviewing this audiobook honestly in exchange for a free copy.

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Probably the best in the series!

Would you listen to My Name is Luka again? Why?

Absolutely I loved this one. It was, I felt, the most emotional and investing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of My Name is Luka?

I enjoyed the focus Luka had not on how bad his life was but his desire to get away. He didn't hold onto anger or self pity but hope

What about Tim Todd’s performance did you like?

I think he did a great job in giving emotional depth to the characters especially Luka

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Really the ultimate scene with Luka and his dad just tore me up, but I really think it was done very well.

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Haunting and Beautiful

The story of Luka and Brad is both heartwarming and heart wrenching at the same time.

For those who have been in a situation similar to Luka's the want to find that haven of safety is profound. That he finds it in a man so full of love to give is a treat to watch unfold.

Brad's openness and willingness to help a beautifully broken boy he doesn't know is a joy. You cheer for this couple and the narration is so beautifully done that it makes the story ring with life.

This whole series is amazing, truly and the narration of each story adds to rhe enjoyment of them making them worth buying and then some.

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  • MaryD
  • 06-14-16

Luka's story is sweet

Where does My Name is Luka rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely at the top of my list, one I would certainly be listening to again. I really enjoyed following Luka's determination to bide his time until he reaches 18 and escape his Father. Brad is a neighbor but doesn't know about the abuse until he has to stay at home after breaking his wrist.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Whilst I feel it should be Luka it's Brad who is my favourite. He steps in to protect Luka and give him a reason to believe there is a better future. They make such a good couple. He is so gentle with Luka.

Have you listened to any of Tim Todd’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Hands on, book 5, in this Series also narrated by Tim Todd. He is a very good narrator. Brad comes across as a straight forward guy and Luka's strength in the face of abuse really shines through.His portrayal of Luks's father was very good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes definitely, unfortunately I listen while traveling to work so time is limited.

Any additional comments?

I was given a copy of the audiobook by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.