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Imitation of Life

Rock Bottom, Book 2
Series: Rock Bottom, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Benny DeMarco is the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. He works hard, takes care of his little sister, and pays the bills. Childhood bullies and an abusive stepfather invade his dreams, and at times he wishes life would grant him a do-over. Would he like a boyfriend? You bet. But Benny knows love isn’t for him. He’s been looked over, looked through, and looked past all his life. Even worse, the one guy he’s been in love with for almost two years is the biggest flirt who will sleep with anyone. Anyone except Benny.

Gino Acosta smiles to keep from crying. Everyone he meets tells him he’s beautiful and sexy, but Gino knows the truth. His outside may be perfect, but inside he feels dirty and unworthy. Bounced around as a child, he yearns for someone to love and a family to call his own. He hops from man to man, desperate to belong, believing the lies he’s told, but all he finds is a body for an hour or two. Things would be so different if only he knew - the man he’s searching for is waiting for him, right under his nose.

Benny starts dating the “perfect guy”,and it’s okay if there’s no spark - that’ll happen eventually. Won’t it? Gino’s fast-paced modeling career has taken off, but once again, he’s trading his body for a dream. When Gino’s world explodes, Benny must fight for what and who he really wants. Gino must learn to trust what people tell him - that he’s got so much more to offer than a pretty face and a moment of pleasure.

If all your life you believe you’re nothing, how do you move past heartbreak and hardship to reach for everything?

©2019 Felice Stevens (P)2019 Felice Stevens

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4.5 Angsty Stars

When I had the change to listen to the audible of this book I was thrilled. I love Kale Williams and Michael Pauley so I could not wait to dive in. And WOW... Felice had me with all the feels from the first few minutes. These characters just tugged at your heartstrings. Benny was sweet and shy and watched and loved his friend Gino from afar. Gino was flirt who took things too far with too many jerks on too many occasions, just so he could feel loved. He was crying out and his pain was palatable. Benny had and hid his own demons, too.

Finally, after a startling discovery that changed the course of Gino's life, Benny rescued him in so many ways. I am just not sure of he realized that Gino rescued him right back. This is a story about recovering from pain, learning to love not only yourself but each other and of personal and professional growth. Gino and Benny are great together!

The heartbreak is nicely overcome by so many beautiful heartwarming moments in this story. Another great 'read' by Felice Stevens. Kale Williams and Michael Pauley did not disappoint one bit, they were their amazing selves!

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A Long Awaited HEA

This book just grabbed me by my heart, and wouldn’t let go until the last pages. So when this came out in audio, I snapped it up. Not only was the book so amazing, I absolutely adore Michael Pauley and Kale Williams narrating together. The two of them narrating together, somehow found a way to make this story even more emotional for me. I had so many emotions for Gino and Benny. Gino just made me want to wrap him in a warm blanket and give him all the hugs. These two men had gone through SO much in their respective childhoods and young adult lives. Benny provided such a necessary lifeline to Gino to help him understand he was a worthy person and that he deserved love and to BE loved. I loved that Gino showed Benny that the world isn’t full of darkness, and it’s alright to lean on each other and not take on life’s burdens alone. I love that they found each other and could work on finding their HEA together. I was also excited to be able to get a glimpse of some of my favorite characters from books past. Being able to hear just a little more from Noah and Oren was wonderful, and Jeremy and Blake have always held a soft spot in my heart. I couldn’t recommend Gino and Benny’s story more, and I know this is one I will listen to or pick up to read again.

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  • Katie townsend
  • 10-23-19

My heart

When you put felice Stevens incredible writing and kale Williams and Michael paulie performing the story you get a beautiful incredible emotional moving and powerful story

I felt every emotion that Benny and gino were going through ups downs tears heartbreaking and heart warming moments I loved everything about it

Michael paulie and kale Williams did such a beautiful job bringing Benny and ginos story to life