Honeymoon for One

Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Betrayed the night before his wedding by the supposed boy of his dreams, Ethan Robinson escapes the devastating fallout by going on his honeymoon alone to the other side of the world. Hard of hearing and still struggling with the repercussions of being late-deafened, traveling by himself leaves him feeling painfully isolated with his raw, broken heart.

Clay Kelly never expected to be starting life over in his forties. He got hitched young, but now his wife has divorced him and remarried; his kids are grown, and he's left his rural Outback town. In a new career driving a tour bus on Australia's East Coast, Clay reckons he's happy enough. He enjoys his cricket, a few beers, and a quiet life. If he's a bit lonely, it's not the end of the world.

Clay befriends Ethan, hoping he can cheer up the sad-eyed young man, and a crush on an unattainable straight guy is exactly the safe distraction Ethan needs. Yet as the days pass and their connection grows, long-repressed desires surface in Clay, and they are shocked to discover romance sparking. Clay is the sexy, rugged man of Ethan's dreams, and as the clock counts down on their time together, neither wants this honeymoon to end.

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Keira Andrews (P)2019 Tantor

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My favourite.

Loved it. Great story. Narration got all the character's and accents just right. My favourite which I know I will listen to again.

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All the feelings...

I loved it, i wish i could read a book narrated by Joel Leslie every day, he is my all time favorite narrator! And Keira Andrews wrote a beautiful story, i really like her use of words, it makes it easy to immerse myself in the life of her characters. Thank you both for making my life a bit easier for a few hours!

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Excellent character development.

an enjoyable preformance that gives each character a unique voice. Great story with a lovely message.

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Just a Great story!

Truly lovely, I enjoyed every minute! Best listen I’ve had in months. Not the typical filth these books usually have to offer, but a really special love story.

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Pure perfection!!! A++

Normally I don’t care for an age gap storyline. This story was awesome from start to finish. As always, the narration by Joel Leslie was tremendous. A must listen!

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When one unexpectedly becomes two

What happens when you have devastating news the day before you’re supposed to get married? What if that betrayal cuts so deep that leaving is the only alternative? Ethan had every right to walk away from his impending nuptials, and I give him credit for opting to go on the honeymoon solo. It’s doubly brave because Ethan is hard of hearing. Things that most of us take for granted are challenging for him. He’s learned to deal but it doesn’t make things easier for him and without his fiancé, he struggles. He’s from New York City, although Buffalo originally. He’s been through some tough things, to be sure, but going on a solo trip to Australia ranks up with one of the biggest challenges.

The tour he chose turns out to mostly be older people, couples in particular. He believes they are feeling sorry for him and perhaps at first some of them are. Others recognize the bravery it takes. The tour guide Shiv is friendly, but it’s the bus driver Clay who really makes an effort to help. He takes the time to get to know Ethan, way above and beyond any call of the job. But Clay sees Ethan in a way most people don’t. He sees beyond the hard of hearing aspect and into the lost soul Ethan is. He sees a bit of a kindred spirit. Clay’s twenty-something-year marriage ended recently and he also experienced loss, although it was gentler – if that kind of betrayal can be. He’s remained on good terms with his ex and has two children he adores. Children who are almost Ethan’s age. Something Clay reminds himself of as he gets to know this younger man.

I love age gap books when they’re done well. Neither man is expecting to find someone on this trip. Clay’s driven the route dozens of times without encountering anyone who has intrigued him. Ethan is still nursing a broken and betrayed heart. I think those are sometimes the most precious relationships – the ones we don’t see coming. The ones that, on paper, make no sense and yet are perfect nonetheless. Not that there aren’t obstacles. – the age thing is minor compared to the fact they live on opposite sides of the globe. America and Australia are a long way apart and long-distance relationships are challenging.

Yet as the book progressed, I began to believe in Clay and Ethan. Clay’s attention to Ethan and his accommodation of Ethan’s situation was touching. He was patient, understanding, and considerate. Ethan has faced enough challenges dealing with his progressive loss of hearing, but to find someone who respects and helps without being condescending is a blessing. And Clay? He figured he’d be alone, living in Sydney with his daughter and their dog, but meeting Ethan gives him hope. He’s never been into blokes before, but there’s just something about this young American. So much hope.

There are little things I enjoyed about the book. Clay’s classic Australian slang as Ethan struggles with the weird words. The truth that Die Hard is one of the best Christmas movies ever. Crowded House, a Melbourne band. I was startled to realize Clay and I are contemporaries (I feel much younger, FYI). Oh, and Gilley. Gotta love Gilley. And Adam Gilchrist, cricket, Crocodile Dundee, and dozens of other little things that made the book enjoyable and educational.

The book is narrated by Joel Leslie and he’s such a perfect choice. He can do American, of course, but he’s also brilliant in Australian. He moves seamlessly between the two and so the book flowed beautifully. He’s one of my favorite narrators and this book is a perfect example of why. Needless to say I enjoyed the book and was thrilled the men found their way to a happy ending.

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Another winner by two all stars!

When I read the blurb I thought – ugh – I really don’t like jilted stories or rebound stories or holiday romances… but I love Keira Andrews and so I had to give it a go. Well, as always, she does not disappoint!

The emphasis on this is not the rebound but the realization of feelings that Clay has been hiding from himself for years. Sure, he’s a little older, they’re from different CONTINENTS and he’s on the rebound – but of course – it’s all gonna work out in the end! (LOL)

These guys do find a way to make it work that seems plausible – but really – in the end – it’s their journey that is so ooey gooey delectable. They talk, they aren’t afraid to emote and they have some pretty steamy smexy times!

Luckily the family thing isn’t an issue and beyond all the major hurdles we already know about, the author didn’t throw in more to be OTT.

This was a really lovely story that I recommend to fans of the author, fans of Australia, fans of May/December romance and fans of OFY/GFY romance.




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Joel Leslie does a great job with the accents and – as always – he’s great with handling the wide variety of characters, the emotion and the timing.

Highly recommended!

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Sweet Love Down Under

I wonderfully sweet story about two men finding the right one on their second go around. Joel Leslie does a wonderful job narrating and bringing the characters to life.

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Amazing! Utterly amazing!

This book was just breathtaking. The narration was perfect and the accents were outstanding. Wonderfully done!

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Great narration!

Honeymoon for One is very, very cute with great narration. The narration for this had me hooked from the opening chapter, honestly, I was drawn into and completely sucked in by this story and Joel Leslie’s performance.

I like that the relationship between Ethan and Clay didn’t feel like a love at first sight thing even though it’s super-duper fast, but it really didn’t feel rushed to me while listening, to the point I was surprised when their short time together was mentioned towards the end. I was fully invested and thought it hit all the right notes.

Great, dual POV romance, with lots of hurt/comfort/healing, hot sex, and a very happy ending. Getting all that and coupled with Joel Leslie’s narration, I’m a happy camper.

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  • Scotty
  • 10-16-19

Touching story

I really enjoyed this story, and it waswell paced. Ethan's hearing loss added a depth to the story, and made me realise just how difficult it can be for the hard of hearing (a colleague just told me of his similar condition too).

A super sweet HEA (although they have to work for it), and some excellent narration! 😁

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  • Ronald Betts
  • 06-24-19

Age is not a problem

A touching story of the love with a young man and an older man. After a traumatic time with his boyfriend he found what he wanted with an older man. Great story beautifully written and well narrated, enjoy.

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  • Debbie
  • 06-01-19

So emotional

Warning do not start this book when on the way to work!! I did and went into work fuming at the betrayal!! I loved Ethan and loved the way the author portrayed his hearing loss, I agree with others that the story slow down about the half way point but never to the degree that i thought about stopping it.

I loved Clay and his bumbling attempts at making Ethan feel at ease and looking at his own sexuality. Joel’s narration was good as usual, his voice for each character were district and love his female voices.

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  • Book addict
  • 05-12-19

Good, even if slow at times

I enjoyed this book even though the pace slowed down too much at times. The characters were well developed and I believed their relationship so I was able to forgive my attention drifting around the middle at one point. The narration was great (as always with Joel Leslie) which helped bump up the rating too.

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  • Pat Johnson
  • 10-15-19

Live wins

Beautiful audio book- age never matters - it’s the feelings that matter — lovely words by
Keira Andrews with wonderful narration by Joel Lesley.

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  • Alan
  • 10-07-19

Great Aussie m/m romance

Ethan, partially deaf, goes on his Australian honeymoon alone after finding his fiancé is unfaithful. He meets Clay, tour group operator and honest knock-about good bloke. Keira Andrews has captured the confusion and frustration of being partially deaf extremely well. She has also crafted a great love story. Joel Leslie inhabits both characters perfectly and provides a very credible Aussie accent with hardly any clangers.