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I wasn't looking for Derek Wolfe.

I wasn't looking for anybody. All I wanted was to start a new life in America. But when I found myself stranded here with no place to go, he came to my rescue, offering me a place to stay.

He's smart, successful, and sexy as hell - I can barely sleep knowing he's right down the hall. And when the chemistry between us explodes one night with fierce, fiery passion, it's hard to deny there's something real there.

But he does. He says he was drunk. He says it was a one-time thing. He says he's not into guys and what we did meant nothing.

He's lying. Because it happened again, and again, and again. And it's better every time. I know we could be good together, and I want the chance to try, but I'm done hiding. If he's not strong enough to admit the truth, I'll have to be strong enough to walk away.

©2017 MH Publishing (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Misty
  • Washington
  • 12-29-17

More lovely than anything I’ve heard all year

Derek was the kind always taking in strays and never the kind to do what he needed to really make himself happy. Maxim was a Russian immigrant that was doing whatever it took to make himself happy and was a stray of the human variety.

Derek and Maxim’s story was so incredibly honest. I get so tired of love stories that build on simple miscommunication and this is NOT that story. Maxim is so heartbreakingly true to himself that I could not stop listening. Derek took some time to come around into himself and that journey is so painful to listen to that my heart just ached but these 2 men made it so worth it.

I also appreciated their love making, if we wanna get real. M/M sex gets to sound so gratuitous sometimes that I imagine it can’t possibly be even close to truthful. These love scenes were beautiful and so real to me, if I were to imagine it.

This is my favorite M/M book this year. Start to finish, I loved every minute.

Joel Leslie and Bruce Cullen did an amazing job narrating. I think the accents and the real sentiment in their voices seriously brought it home for me. I have nothing but praises to be said.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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WOW!!!

I didn't want it to end.. This is the most amazing love story ever.. I laughed .. I cried. The main characters are conflicted and beautifully flawed. And the the sexy times were hot.. A must read.
Charo

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Sooooo good!

Strong enough was so good! I just finished it in record time because I couldn't stop listening.
It was about accepting who you are. It was sweet and hot 🔥🔥and had all the feels. This is my first book by Both theses authors, and won't be my last. Joel Leslie nails it as always 💕💕highly recommend

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audio version is wonderful

great book made even better by joel and bruce. hope to find more by this author

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What a surprise for me

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I took a chance on a "new to me" author because I like Joel Leslie's narration. Glad I did. I liked the story, however, Bruce Cullen's voice was a little stiff for me. Story is a sexy, romantic, love wins all, which worked for me :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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When Double Narration Goes Wrong

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The BOOK, yes. The audiobook, no.
I haven't even finished the story yet, but I'm 99.9% sure I'd have enjoyed it much more had I read it instead.

Would you be willing to try another one of Joel Leslie and Bruce Cullen ’s performances?

Joel Leslie, abso-freaking-lutely. His range and pacing are phenomenal.
Bruce Cullen... Nah. I feel as if he's more suited for non-fiction and biographies. Definitely not this genre. And that Russian accent... Bruh.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

If Joel Leslie had narrated the whole thing. I may have forgiven the oversight of hiring Bruce Cullen had each character been assigned a narrator instead of the narrators switching between chapters.

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The whole point of having two narrators is so they can each voice an MC. The fact that this audiobook has the narrators taking turns chapter to chapter is just weird and discombobulating.
Please, READ the book; don't listen to it. Narration can make or break books nowadays. The best books can be ruined by subpar narration, and vice versa. Disappointing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant!!

This is the MM romance I've been wanting to read for YEARS.

It's serious, real, powerful, and heartbreakingly beautiful. The quality of the writing is top drawer, the characters are fully developed from word one, the story is original, and the emotional journey is profound. The narration is perfection and only enhances this wonderful novel.

A young Russian immigrant gets his luggage stolen on his first night in America and ends up as a temporary houseguest of a kindhearted American man. Maxim is gay, but Derek, an older and successful businessman is certain he is not gay. He has fought his feelings for men since puberty, and dreams of a wife and kids. With ruthless determination he squelches any impulses that lead him away from that goal. Maxim is young, but determined as well...he dreams of being a screenwriter and is willing to work incredibly hard to achieve that. He is independent, and wants no handouts from anyone, no matter how well-intentioned.

This is the story of Maxim's and Derek's journeys towards one another, both the inner and outer journeys they must each navigate. They both grow and change, especially Derek, they are impossible characters not to love, and the connection they share is powerful and real.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, it's the best romance of any genre I've read or listened to in a long while and I real hundreds of books a year. The authors have shed the typical romance formula, they have created a work that is unique and strong and one that is beautifully told. I cannot wait to read their next collaboration....more please!!!!

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  • Jeff
  • Blue Bell, PA, United States
  • 12-30-17

Shame on me

So, I pre-ordered this book based on the plot line that was described in the Publisher's summary. Needless to say that I will not be making that mistake again. One of the 2 MC was allegedly 36 in the book, but the narrator sounded more like 66. A complete distraction from the story line. The other MC's narration was slurred and hard to understand, completely detracting from what would have probably been a decent .book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful