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Publisher's Summary

Geoff is in the city, living the gay life to the hilt, when his father's death convinces him to return to the family farm. Discovering a young Amish man asleep in his barn, Geoff learns that Eli is spending a year away from the community before accepting baptism into the church. Despite their mutual attraction, Geoff is determined not to become involved with him, but Eli has discovered that Geoff shares his feelings and begins to court him, neatly capturing first Geoff's attention and then his heart.

Their budding relationship is threatened by closed-minded, gossipy relatives and society at large, a whole new world to Eli, and he must decide whether to return to the community, his family, and the world and future he knows, or to stay with Geoff and have faith in the power of love.

©2009 Andrew Grey (P)2009 Dreamspinner Press

Critic Reviews

"This story is written with heart. It is both bittersweet and uplifting, and reminds us that love can be generous and selfless and that a true family and sense of belonging don’t necessarily require blood ties. If you are looking to sink into a well written, poignant, sweet and romantic reading escape then I highly recommend Love Means... No Shame by Andrew Grey." (Rainbow-Reviews.com)
"Andrew Grey's Love Means... No Shame is a tear jerker. The characters grab you from the beginning and refuse to let go... This is one book that will make it to several keeper shelves to be read again and again." (Literary Nymphs Reviews)
" Love Means... No Shame is a story of acceptance - of differences, of each other, of yourself, and of how it is the differences that can forge the strongest bonds. Highly recommended. (NightOwlRomance.com)

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    5 out of 5 stars

I was skeptical

For whatever reason, most gay fiction I've tried seems to be poorly written and even more poorly edited so I was skeptical when I bought a copy. I was pleasantly surprised that this book was both very well written and the story line pulled me in and held my interest during a 5 hour driving trip. I will definitely buy more books from this author. Highly recommended.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Jed
  • Decatur, IN, United States
  • 07-21-12

GREAT BOOK

What did you love best about Love Means... No Shame?

This is a great book but it is kind of sad at times.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Means... No Shame?

I can't tell you because it would give away the story.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Not try to make his voice sound like a woman's

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

almost made me cry

Any additional comments?

must read if you are gay and ever wanted to be in a loving relationship.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Another GREAT book in the series

Would you listen to Love Means... No Shame again? Why?

Yes, I really enjoy Andrew Grey's books. It is a great story, well written, with likeable characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Means... No Shame?

When Geoff and Eli first confess attraction to each other.

What about R. Kirstein’s performance did you like?

Great reader, not one of those monotone voices that makes you want to fall asleep.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I almost did.

Any additional comments?

If you like any of Andrew Grey's "Love Means..." books, you have to read this one too!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story about first true love

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I am a sucker (no pun intended) for sappy love stories and this is one that you can get emotional about. Listened to it 3 times so far in almost two years!

What does R. Kirstein bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

I see the story better when I listen as opposed to reading it myself.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and cried! (boy did I cry)... (Told you I was a sap)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • West Lafayette, IN, United States
  • 05-03-12

Simple, Heartfelt, Wonderful

Would you consider the audio edition of Love Means... No Shame to be better than the print version?

I've never read the print version, so I cannot give an accurate comparison. However, the audio version was superb. My only criticism would be of the narrator. He did an excellent job with the two main characters, and a great job overall, but several of the secondary characters really seemed to blend together.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Geoff; while I haven't shared his sexual exploits, I felt a very deep connection to him because of the qualities he cherished within Eli. I was able to connect with him on a level that made me feel better about myself and more secure in my way of viewing the world.

Have you listened to any of R. Kirstein’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

If you could rename Love Means... No Shame, what would you call it?

I think the title suits the work quite well and would not change it.

Any additional comments?

I have already downloaded another of Andrew Grey's books: Love Means...No Fear; I'm really looking forward to listening to this work and anything else I can get my hands on by Grey.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Touching and heart warming

Where does Love Means... No Shame rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Having listened to the whole series of Love Means... I found I actually started part way through, this being the first on my list. I found it moving and wanted to know what would happen next to people that showed they cared about others more than themselves, a rear find in this day and age. All in all close to the top of my list.

What other book might you compare Love Means... No Shame to and why?

I found I loved the whole series for different reasons in each story.

What aspect of R. Kirstein’s performance would you have changed?

I wouldn't change the performance though I prefer Sean's voice. I still enjoyed the hours of listening.

If you could rename Love Means... No Shame, what would you call it?

I like the title. If you really love someone there is no shame. No matter who you love, love is love. We either love and live or just survive the world alone.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed listening to this audio book several times and will many times to come. Each to there own

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 'Nathan
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 03-03-10

A good story, but the narration was problematic

Andrew Grey's LOVE MEANS NO SHAME was a story that really suffered for the narration. I was incredibly excited to find audible.com listing some gay fiction audiobooks, and I nabbed it with one of my monthly credits, and started listening to it the next day.

Now, here's thing: I quite liked the story. I thought it was sweet, and heartwarming, and of a very rare character in that there was no massive horrible event that the characters had to get past, but rather a series of tests that challenged their capacities to love. It was a gentle story. And the reader's narration nearly made me give up on more than one occasion.

One of the two characters, Elijah, is an Amish fellow, about nineteen or twenty, and in what I assume is an attempt to make his innocence a part of his voice, the narrator chose to give him a slightly breathy voice, which instead of sounding innocent sounded... well... fifteen years old. Or maybe twelve.

Given that the main character romances (and is romanced in turn by) Elijah, you can imagine the overall effect. It comes off... well, creepy. Add to that that all the female characters were given an even breathier, simpering voice, and there were passages where I was wincing while I listened. Women have voices that are stronger than the way they were read, and the indignant semi-villainess lines were robbed of all power by the way they were delivered aloud.

I want to repeat: I liked the story. Andrew Grey's tale was really enjoyable in and of itself, and if you're a fan of the farm-and-ranch setting, this little gay love story would definitely be welcome in your collection. I'm glad I got the story. But the reader nearly made me stop, and I'd suggest you grab the physical copy of the book (or e-book) instead.

The book itself, I'd give four stars as a gentle, loving tale. The narration deserves perhaps two stars, unfortunately, which leaves my ranking at three.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Sweet story, narrator got it completely wrong

This is a very sweet love story that was almost ruined for me because of the narrator and the voluminous number of sexy scenes . It seemed like the narrator was reading a bedtime story to a toddler. There was absolutely no character to the narration. I'm usually not harsh but the narration was really hard to get through. Hearing him talk about the sexy parts just really creeped me out and made me very uncomfortable...not sexy even in the slightest. Although I really did like the story, writing and the premise, there was just a bit too many sexy times for my liking. There's only so many times that I can listen to graphic sex scenes before I start fast forwarding to get back to the story. I don't mind that the characters were discovering sex for the first time, but I think some of the scenes could have been more of a fade out situation vs. describing minute details, especially when the narration made the scenes feel like I was being read to by a school librarian.

I feel bad about the negative comments above, and I really did like the story, but before anyone purchases this one I think it only fair that you know what you're getting into. I should have actually read the book vs. listening via audible. I got this through the romance package, which I'm thankful for...I would have been really upset if I used my credits for this one.

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Cute and sweet.

This was a cute fun listen. It had its cheesy moments but it worked well with the story. I enjoyed listening to their connection grow and would recommend this as a nice light listen

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Making Family

Geoff has come home but it is not a happy time. His father is gone but Len is there still a father for him. But when Eli is found sleeping in the barn it is time to make a life for himself here at the farm. It isn't always easy and they have to think about what best for everyone but together they take the steps needed to build a true family that is made not born.

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  • Pavellit Off
  • 07-19-16

An enjoyable read!

Where does Love Means... No Shame - Gay Fiction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Some where in the middle.Geoff is precisely good with numbers and finding every small mistake in accounting ledgers. He is in beginning in his career as a accountant. Suddenly, he received bad news about the death of his father. Now he need to take a big decision. To proceed his accountancy career or to be the new owner of his father farm? The result. Of course, he choose to continue managing father's heritage. Can you imagine a romance with a accountant? I'm pooling your leg. I'd been working a while as a accountant. Anyway, the second main character, Ali, is a Amish and currently out of community( a year to explore the outside world), met his second soul, Geoff. How they relationship will progress? I' m sorry I've just said “second soul”. O yes, it is happily ever after.

What did you like best about this story?

Liked more:
- Well-written. I can feel it with every fiber of my being.
- Simplicity of the plot.
- The personage. Lack of big, wide, muscular men with huge pecs and round, bulging arms men.
- The set in.
Liked less:
- Some clichés: the Christmas finale, the gay world ( the two main character + the father + - his partner + friend = 5) and some phrases such as: “I will love you always”.
- Too-good-to-be-true category because of too baby or girly sweet plot.
- I missed some depth and complexity of Amish society and culture.

What does R. Kirstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator, Andrew R. Kirstein, did a truly great job, nails ever voice astonishingly.

Any additional comments?

All in all, it was an enjoyable read and I'm glad I didn't pass it up and I definitely would recommend it!

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  • Louise
  • 03-01-15

Lovely Story from Andrew Grey

Where does Love Means... No Shame - Gay Fiction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks high up there along with all Andrew's books I have listened too.