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How Not to Blend

Lovestrong Book, 1
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

One clueless single dad...

Dr. Corbin Davis is a busy guy just trying to do his best as a single parent. He may be oblivious to a lot of things, but surely he would’ve noticed something as important as his 15-year-old son Grayson being bullied, right? And what the heck is nonbinary, and why hasn’t Gray shared this all-important part of himself with his own dad? 

Plus one sassy Southerner...

Andy Ferguson, or Kandi as the Thursday night drag community knows him, is just trying to get along in a small town and hold things together while he takes care of his beloved Gam-Gam. If she’d just get off his back about finding himself a man, that would be fantastic, thank you very much. He’ll get around to love...one of these days. 

Equals a pair of fake boyfriends who will keep you in stitches.

When Corb gets the wild idea to ask Andy to pose as his boyfriend to let Gray know that his dad is bisexual and open-minded enough to talk to about his nonbinary status, Andy is amused and just intrigued enough to say yes...especially since he seems to be in the market for a fake boyfriend himself, if it will get Gam-Gam to quit nagging. 

©2019 Susan Hawke (P)2019 Susan Hawke

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Laugh out loud! Best book in a long time!

My face hurts from all the laughing and smiling I did when I listened to this today. No dull moments, lags in the story or hiccups in the audio. Mr. Pauley was flawless once again. I cant wait for more!!

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charming and fun

Found book by looking for Michael Pauley’s narration - not sure if he just picks good books or if his narration makes the difference in how enjoyable a book is, but either way, I enjoyed this one.

Trigger Warnings: hate based violence, & accidentally injured dog

This romance moved almost glacially, but it was still a fun trip, with good friends and good drag. The main characters all have good friends and allies that help things along.

The only issue I had was that for all it was LGBTQ friendly, it was pretty white and I’m noticing that sort of exclusion more these days.

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perfect!

How Not To Blend by Sussn Hawke is the first novel in the new LOVESTRONG series. It is a hilarious story of fake boyfriends finding real love. The colorful and wonderful characters that fill the pages had me laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes. There are also some moments that leave you feeling all the feels and deals with serious topics. Oh and a flash mob moment that made me squeal. It is hard to not fall in love with the amazing people in this book. If this is the first book, I can not wait to see what comes next.

Narrator Michael Pauley does a fantastic job bringing the characters' personality out. Each voice unique and perfect.... the story comes to life.

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So sassy

I love Susi Hawke’s mpreg books and she doesn’t disappoint with her new non mpreg book. I had a smile on my face almost the entire time I read this. Andy is so crazy I just love him! Add in a semi clueless dad, a match making Gam Gam and evil dog and you have one of the funniest books ever!

Michael Pauley SLAYED this book!! Andy could have been so over the top but Michael portrayed him perfectly!!

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Everything I love in a m/m romance

This story was a blend of everything I love - snark, kids, a crazy dog, a wise and spunky elder, bullies getting what they deserve, drag queens, awesome BFF's, and lots and lots of fun. I loved Susi Hawke's stories before but Susan Hawke gets me.
I listened to this story rather than reading it and Michael Pauley is an exemplary narrator. He brings the characters to life not just visually but emotionally as well. His pacing is bang on and I love his granny voice. I would encourage anyone who wants to read this book to listen to it if they enjoy audio.

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Oh Michael Pauley!!!

This book!! wow!! I laughed so much, It's strange they cover some tough situations and still I laughed OUT loud. Michael Pauley as always did a GREAT job with all the different voices and brought this story to life. I think this is one of his BEST narrating jobs yet. I like the way the story flows and never strays off topic or gets hard to follow. Book 1 is a hit, hopefully the rest of the series is as funny and covers more of the LGBTQ life style issues and life challenges for those who aren't out yet. You can use a different first name for every book but, Miss Hawke, your writing is spot on, as always!!

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Sweet and snarky romance with all the feels!

Really Good Narration by Michael Pauley. He did a good job with the voices and really made the characters come alive. I had read the kindle version previously, so i really got to enjoy the story unfolding in the Audio version,

Dynamic, funny, snarky, gritty and heartfelt, sweet romance with all the feels!! I loved this incredible book!! There is so much that is really special about this story from the wonderful characters to the great story-line. I enjoyed the flow of the book and it definitely will keep you reading and enjoying from cover to cover.

Corbin and Andy are delightful characters and i love them together. I also enjoyed the supporting characters that gave depth and color. This story deals with some really important and challenging topics and i thought the author did a really good job of shedding light on them.

i laughed and i cried in this really special book! I highly recommend it!

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Loved it

I loved this funny and entertaining story. If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would, I enjoyed listening to this story so very much. This is the best fake boyfriends story I listened to in a while. The characters were wonderful, the story captivating and narration amazing. Loved it so much. Cannot wait to listen to other stories in Lovestrong series. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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LOVE this!!!!!

I'm not sure where to even start. I already knew I would enjoy this author because I read her shifter and omegaverse books but I was blown away by this story. There aren't enough words for how much I loved every single character in this book. Corbin and Andy were wonderful together, even when they hit their bumps in the road. Corbin's son, Gray, stole my heart and I wanted to bring him under my wing and keep him safe from everything but the way that Corbin handles his son's situation was excellent. I love how the author is able to include serious topics, hot topics, and humor all into one book. The love side of the story was a bit of a slow burn but it fit wonderfully into the story line and they way Corbin shocks Andy towards the end had me smiling and bouncing up and down in my seat, I want to see the video of that!!!!! Andy's journey to accepting his fears and overcoming them was very well written as well. I could probably wax poetic about this book all night but I'm afraid if I keep going I will spill too many spoilers so I am going to stop now and just say READ THIS BOOK or better yet LISTEN TO IT. Michael Pauley nails this narration perfectly like only he can so don't miss out on the magic. Now I am off to "patiently" wait for the next book in this new series!

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Sooo many feels

I absolutely love Andy he is so sweet and sassy that it’s amazing to watch. This sweet southern bell has so much fun and lots of laughter and lots of love to give to the right person. Right now that person is Corbin, Dr. Hottie. Corbin is fun but entirely clueless in the lives of those around him. It’s hilarious to see him stumble his way through trying to connect with his teen son. Of course there is when his fake relationship takes a real turn and he now has to navigate that reality. I love how the two of them connect and the fun that they have together and even with their family and friends around them. Of course the family wouldn’t be complete without a seriously amazing and extremely sassy gram gram with a devil dog to boot. I absolutely love the narrator and how he does such an amazing job with all of these amazing characters and making their personalities shine.

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  • Emma Jane Marie Vago
  • 02-17-19

My first book by this author!

This is my first book by this author and it will not be my last! I couldn't stop listening! This story is truly heart warming!

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  • Dee Slate
  • 02-15-19

Good start to a new series!

The book starts off with Andy and his gran bantering/sassing each other, and that pretty much sets the tone for this fun, heartwarming story.
Andy is a barista, but once a week he turns into Kandi, his drag alter ego. At his coffee shop job, he has been crushing on Corbin, a widowed dad with a teenage son, Gray. Gray is going through a gender identity crisis, so Corbin uses this as way to get Andy's help and if he somehow gets to know Kandi-Andy better, bonus!

Michael Pauley knows how to do sass! And other emotions :) I had a lot of fun listening to him bring the characters to life. In my opinion, this is probably the better way to truly appreciate the humour, sense of family, friendship and love that is seen throughout the story.
It is always a pleasure to listen to Mr. Pauley; and this is no exception. I hope to there will be more of the series, especially in audio.

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  • Nsi
  • 02-15-19

Awesome book, fantastically performed

I really enjoy Susi Hawke books and was interested to see what she would do on the contemporary side. I gotta say I like it and I can't wait to read more. Michael Pauley is amazing, and there's nothing he can't bring to life. He certainly knocked this out of the park

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 02-14-19

Awesome

I loved this audiobook.
Great writing brought to life by great narration.
This is a must listen.
Definitely grab this audiobook.

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  • Meph666
  • 02-13-19

What a fun, quirky and hot listen!

Susan Hawke has given us the start to a fabulous series filled with incredible characters! There is love, angst, friendship, family and fun. When the main characters, Corbin and Andy, come together to help each other you can't help but feel a connection between the two and such wonderful support that they offer each other. Corbin's son Greyson shines as he grows more comfortable and confident in his skin.
Frome the first sentence, Michael Pauley is fantastic. The voice he gives to Andy is exactly as I imagined when I was reading and I fell right into the story listening to the whole thing within a couple of days. .ichael brings the characters to life and allows you to live through his voice through the highs and lows that the whole cast go through and I cannot recommend it enough!
AA+++ from author and narrator,

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  • Headinabook
  • 02-11-19

Fierce and fun.

This is a new venture for this author and this first book is so great. The storyline is fabulous and thought provoking with a huge side of fun. Each characters insecurities and vulnerabilities are brought to life by the fantastic Michael Pauley, who’s southern belle is truly something, his mama Honey is wonderful.
I can’t wait to read/hear more.

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  • Jackie Thorogood
  • 02-07-19

Entertaining

When I read this book I loved it, to listen to it was so very much better. Corbin is at a lost over his sons behaviour he needs help understanding him enter Andy who is not shy at all, lots of great funny moments which made me laugh out loud many times, it's a joy to listen too, Michael Pauley was so enjoyable to listen to especially his take on Andy, as always his take on all the characters was entertaining, this will be listened to again by myself I really enjoyed it.

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  • Cassi
  • 02-06-19

Wonderful story

I have to admit I was a little nervous going into this book, but I was pleasantly surprise. It was a lot of fun and had great humour. It also had a lot of serious and emotional moments too. I loved how the author was able to tackle a lot of difficult subject matters while still keeping the book from getting too heavy. I really enjoyed this and I'm excited to see where the series goes

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 02-05-19

True colours and real love

Well, this is a new take for one of my favourite authors, and it's a strong start to a great new series with interesting characters. I look forward to reading further books in the series.
Michael Pauley is amazing at bringing this cast of quirky characters to life.
There is also a free short story available that I had the pleasure of reading of the Holidays, as this story called How Not To Wait was part of a Prolific Works Holiday freebie giveaway, and that is also a cute, fun quick read.
Take one barista/Drag Queen Andy who has been living with his grandmother (Gam-Gam) since his parents threw him out at age eighteen for coming out as gay. Add one widower single dad, bisexual Cardiologist, Dr. Corbin (aka Dr. Hottie) and his non-binary (enby) teenage son, Gray. Mix in some meddlesome best friends, Dana, her daughter Becca, fellow barista Tracey, and a quirky Drag Mother called Honey Combover (aka Larry). Boom! What a rainbow!
After pretending to be each other's fake boyfriends initially, the camaraderie and feelings become real as the two start to wonder if they could try this for real, but two failed dates later due to family medical emergencies later and poor Andy feels like the universe is conspiring against them.
Both men are heartbroken when Andy calls time on their dying fake relationship.
One of them has to be brave enough to make the first move after their friends make them realise that their fake relationship was not so fake after all and worth saving.
I recommend you read/listen for yourself to find out what is the grand gesture that brings Andy and his Dr. Hottie back together as it's pretty awesome as the guys learn to show their true colours and their very real feelings.

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  • Jules74
  • 02-04-19

So funny & cute!

Absolutely loved this book! Just the right amount of angst for my mood (some but not making me ball my eyes out) I adored Andy and Corbin as the MC's but also Gray and Mama Honey have stolen my heart!
Michael Pauley you are a bloody genius:-) Mama Honey almost made me wet myself laughing.
Michael had alot of important side characters all who were very different and he did a fantastic job. Brilliant book, brilliant narration, totally worth a precious credit!