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Ben Emerson has lived by his minister father's rules most of his life. Born into an ultraconservative church community, he's finally brave enough to break free and move to San Francisco. Distancing himself certainly helps create a new mind-set, but living as an openly gay man takes some getting used to. When he reaches out to Xavier, a childhood friend who lives in the city, Ben isn't sure how he'll respond given their thorny history. Ben hopes the familiar connection will help him right some wrongs as well as provide the solace he's been craving.

Xavier Ramos is who he is, and he doesn't give a damn what anyone thinks. Whether it's eyeliner, nail polish, tattoos, or his love of hooking up, he uses his body as a form of self-expression but doesn't let anyone get too close. When Ben reenters his life, Xavier helps him experience the city and feel comfortable in his own skin. Seeing the world through Ben's eyes, he begins to wonder if he's also not living as freely as he thought.

When Xavier challenges Ben's beliefs about sex, it becomes explosive - for both of them. Xavier breaks apart Ben's sheltered world and shows him what it's like to live out loud. The more time they spend together, the more Xavier begins to long for Ben in a different way - one that both surprises and scares him. But real life doesn't fade into the background, so when Ben's past comes knocking, old habits are hard to break. Testing the foundation of their deepening connection will take a trust that will either bind them...or tear them apart.

Riley Hart writing as Nyrae Dawn

©2017 Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • TNI
  • Charlotte, Nc
  • 08-03-18

the book version is better

I have read all the books within the series and when I saw some of them were on audible I was excited. The first story (Tobias and Levi) was phenomenal.The narrator Sean C. did a wonderful job so I had high expectations for this book; that was not the case.
The narrator of the story in particular the young man who does Ben's voice sounds like he is auditioning for a high school play and the only role he actually gets is handing out the tickets. The young man who did Xavier voice wasn't too bad but if you listen to Hundred Thousand Words you have an expectation of how you expect Xavier to sound and he doesn't in this book.
Also there is a huge mistake towards the end of the book where Ben calls Xavier, Javier ( I know they're essentially the same name just spelled differently but he pronounces them completely different) a nd he doesn't in the actual book so I don't know why they didn't pick up on this mistake when they were recording the audible version.
I know it seems a bit harsh and I'm nitpicking but you paid good money for all your books and you expect them to be quality productions and this was not the case.
Just get stick with the book for this version

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Everyone deserves to live out loud!

Living Out Loud is a wonderful story about friendship, finding yourself, and second chances. I adored Ben and Xavier. They both had pretty rough childhoods, with parents who left a lot to be desired. It really colored Ben's outlook on life. I wanted to reach in and wrap him up and tell him he was good and worthy and there was nothing wrong with him! And I wanted to tell Xavier he was so deserving of being loved.

It's no secret second-chance romances are one of my favorite tropes. And when you add in childhood friends, it makes my little heart so happy. When Ben and Xavier reconnected it wasn't with the expectation of anything more than just 2 friends getting a chance to clear the air and maybe start over again. But when Xavier shows Ben everything he's been missing in life the lines between them start to blur. Ben still has a lot of unresolved feelings and issues stemming from his upbringing and I loved that Xavier was there for him, to help him see it was more than okay to be his true self.

The narrators were terrific! They fit the characters so well, and both did a fantastic job bringing Ben and Xavier to life. I have to give a shout-out to the one who voiced Ben, though. (I wish Audible noted who narrated which character in m/m stories when it's dual narration.) He did an outstanding job showcasing Ben's vulnerabilty.
I'll definitely be looking for more books narrated by both Wyatt and Max.

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Put on some nail polish and express yourself

I LOVE this story, it is very soft in it's intensity and really shows the struggles Ben faced with discovering himself but also celebrates the freedom he discovers in the life he slowly builds for himself. The renewal of his friendship with Xavier is the perfect setting for him to allow what has always been inside him blossom.
I love Xavier as a character, because he is not a cookie cutter character although he could easily have fallen into the cliche' of the emo tattooed guy. Both men have a very interesting personality, and I feel they show a divers queer character as well in a genre that is not always that inclusive.
I feel like they both explore their sexuality and discover new things about each other, the buildup is sensual and erotic but also full of friendship and pure fun. Xavier is always focused of making sure Ben experiences anything he finds interesting and doesn't let him hold himself back. Together they rise above the fears and insecurities and become better.
The love and support in this book are truly amazing to read about and it was a great romance.

The narrators are both new to me but I liked they way each of them rendered the characters, especially Ben's narrator. They put all the emotions into their voice and brought this story to life.

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  • Pixiebell
  • 06-19-18

Beautiful!

A beautiful story of reconnecting, of self discovery and of friends becoming lovers. The sex is hot and integrated well into the story not just to titillate.
I’m a great lover of the dual POV books/audiobook and Wyatt Kelley and Max T. Mitchell are both new narrators to me and gave 5star performances. I will certainly be looking to listen out for these two narrators again.