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Finding His Way Home

Benson Brothers, Book 1
Narrated by: Gage McKenna
Series: Benson Brothers, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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I don't know why nobody ever wanted me.

For real, I mean. My parents died when I was eight, and I spent the next 10 years hopping between foster homes. Let's just say, they barely did me any favors. I have got nothing. No job, no place to live and I have no one to be with.

Except...well...I do have DNA test results from a genealogy website. With close family matches.

It’s probably a stupid idea. A total long shot, really.

...I’m going to go and find them.

But then I met him. He is everything I have ever wanted. But he won't stop me from finding my kin. He is too old for me anyway. It's just a fling. Just someone to take comfort in until I can find my family members. Right?

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Now THIS is the way to start a new series!...

...(I recently listened to an Audible Book 1 for a new series in which the author felt a need to thoroughly introduce each character of the subsequent books and their problems etc.)

OVERALL — 5 stars
I probably saved more bookmarks from this Audible than any other in my library. The writing by Oliver/Kandi is top-notch and the performance by McKenna is the best of any other J.P. Oliver I ever listened to. PLEASE, J.P., sign up Gage McKenna to do all of your future books since he obviously knows how it's done.

PERFORMANCE — 5 stars (I listened at speed 1.4)
From chapter 1 on it was obvious I was listening to a true professional audiobook reader. He gave life to each character—not just the main characters. This is the way its done and Gage McKenna is now on my list of narrators to look for and listen to.

STORY — 5 stars
I have never heard of Linda Kandi, but I suspect she had a great deal to do with making this book so good. It is the best book I have ever listened to with J.P. Oliver's name on it, and I get the impression that a lot of time and love went into making this book perfect (and it is perfect in all categories, which I have always felt J.P. would get to someday). In other words, I believe this book was not rushed to press... maybe because Linda wanted to get it just right first. If that is the case, it paid off big time!

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Good story

Ok. The narration is great. The story was good. I loved Jay's character. Joshua's character was well written but a little bit too angsty for my normal taste.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and am really starting to like this author. Sometimes when stories are written in 1st person we can be too much in the character's head. I think this was my only issue. Again, I loved this story. It's just that if JP Oliver wasn't such a great writer, Joshua's angst would be way too much for me.

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  • MichaelTN
  • HERMITAGE, TN, United States
  • 11-18-19

A DNA test opens the door to his past

I liked the concept of a DNA test finding close relatives you didn't know you have. The same thing happened to me in real life. The story line and characters are wonderfully developed. The narrator also did a great job telling the story. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Love222
  • NJ, United States
  • 10-20-19

Good start

Irs a goid intro into this world. Thete ate some big plot pointd I thought were just glossed over in the end and some that weren't addressed so.hopefully they eill be in the next books in the series. Narration was ok overall a pretty quick and pleasant listen.

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great series start

Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Were there any parts I found annoying: no
Did I feel an emotional connection to the characters: yes
Would I listen to it again: yes

Story comments: Great start to a new series. Really interesting concept of using DNA results to track down family that doesn't know you exist - with mixed results. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will happily follow this series.

Narrator comments: Gage McKenna had my full attention from Chapter 1 and I will look for further titles from him going forward. He did an excellent job bringing the characters to life. Distinct personalities and voices for all the characters and an excellent range of emotions to pull it all together.

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Lovely sweet book

This book has a fantastic storyline. I love the dynamic between the characters. There’s so much chemistry between them. It’s a lovely sweet book. Gage has such a beautiful tone to his voice.

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DNA Results Are In!

I enjoyed listening to this book. Both authors are new to me and the story about a young man trying to connect with family (due to DNA results) drew me in. I wanted to learn more background information about Joshua and how he was connected to the brothers he met. Jay and Joshua both had to overcome internal turmoil to be together; both felt rejected by others due to different situations in their lives. By the time they realized they both wanted to work on being in a relationship, it was the end of the book. I hope that some of the loose ends that I wanted answers to are addressed in future books in the series. At the end, I was definitely left with a feeling of wanting more to the story and not expecting it to be at the last chapter.
The narrator did a great job with the storyline and kept me engaged. I plan to listen to more books narrated by Gage. #AudioBookObsession

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Nice!

I liked both MCs and the story it’s-self. Age gap between characters fits them. Looking forward to more in this series and what happens next with the Doctor and what he did and how the other brothers find love. And I hope we here more about the MCs HEA in other brothers stories. And interesting story over all and narration was well done.

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Love & Acceptance

Two men who have always wanted love and acceptance find one another in a small town. A great start to a new series. Jay is Bennett Wood clearing out his deceased mother's home and Joshua is there searching for a family he's never met. It's a wonderful journey watching these two grow closer. The narrator did a great job with the characters and with the story. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audiobook.

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Couldn’t put it down

This is the first book in the Benson Brother Series with well-developed characters by J.P Oliver and Linda Kandi. I am a fan of J.P Oliver stories, and this did not disappoint. This story is about Joshua, who comes to Bennett Wood looking for a family that a DNA test revealed. When first entering the town, Joshua meets Jay, who is a truck driver, and who also just got to town to clear out his deceased mother's house. Both men have always just wanted to be accepted and loved. Thru their journey, they grew closer together and want to make a home in Bennett Wood. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. The narration was very well done.

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  • angeljoy
  • 09-28-19

Sweet

Enjoyed this one. I hope to read more about these brothers. Good read and romance!

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  • Ginger
  • 09-26-19

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A story of wanting to find your roots, your family, there reason you where given up. This storyline is a common one, but the surprise answer to the characters questions not so much. Finding love is also not an easy feat when you feel unloved, so this story also has the best of two worlds finding a family and love.
Narrator was new to me, but I found him enjoyable.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 09-25-19

Surprise, surprise, surprise!

Finding his Way Home is a book that for me was full of surprises! This is my first book by JP Oliver and Linda Kandi, and I was surprised by how contemporary this story is. We first meet Joshua, a young man who has spent his life in and out of foster homes. Now armed with DNA results, he heads to Bennett Wood, North Carolina to seek out his possible family. He meets Jay, an older man, back in Bennett Wood to clean out his mother's home. These two men hit it off, and while meant to be one night, their chemistry is too obvious to think it should be more. These two complex characters lead us through a great story. More of my surprises lead to cover ups, ancestry, small town antics, dealing with death and sentimentality, it's all there melded together by a romance too strong to ignore. If you enjoy MM, this is a series you will want to start and see where book 2 takes you.

Narrated by Gage McKenna, the story flows with ease. It's my first listen by him,and I love his voice. He has a variety of male and female voices, but I especially love his ability to go from Joshua to Jay with ease. I will watch for more of his performances.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 09-24-19

Excellent narration from Gage

This book has a fantastic storyline. I love the dynamic between the characters. There’s so much chemistry between them. It’s a lovely sweet book. Gage has such a beautiful tone to his voice.

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  • AliE
  • 09-23-19

Enjoyable

The story is very good and it certainly made me want to keep going until I finished it. Told from alternating POVs, the switch between characters, and authors, is seamless.

Joshua and Jay work well as a couple for me. The problems between them are usually caused by Joshua's younger age and immaturity and, of course, the insecurity from his upbringing. What starts as a fling transforms into a real relationship once everything starts to come together. I did have one problem with the storyline. The DNA reveal only starts to come together in the epilogue and it feels more logical to me that it should be when Joshua meets his 3 brothers. I know the conflict continues in Book 2, which is Luke's story, so that is probably why the authors did this.

Narration by Gage McKenna is clear and well paced throughout making this a very professional, and thus enjoyable, read.