Mine, Body and Soul

The Playroom Series, Book 1
By: JP Sayle
Narrated by: Matt Haynes
Series: The Playroom, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
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Was it possible that there was a man out there who could see past Lenny’s damaged body and soul, and want to claim him as his?

Lenny has suffered things that no person should have to endure. With that comes health issues that impact on how he sees himself, leaving him feeling isolated. 

That is, until a chance meeting.

The world that Lenny understands is now spinning in a different direction, and he isn't sure whether to hold on or let go. Never having had anyone to catch him before, can he trust Nathan?

Can an introduction into a BDSM lifestyle be everything Lenny didn’t know he needed, as he discovers being a virgin is not always a bad thing?

Mine, Body and Soul is the first part of a three-part story in The Playroom Series. This is a slow burn MM gay romance, with an age gap and a sexual awakening. 

Warning: This book has a HFN ending. There are also aspects of childhood trauma touched upon briefly.

©2019 JP Sayle (P)2020 JP Sayle

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good start

Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Were there any parts I found annoying: no
Did I feel a connection to the characters: yes
Would I listen to it again: yes

JP Sayle is a new author for me. Mine, Body and Soul has good pace, interesting characters and sets up what looks to be an enjoyable and interesting series. I liked that both M'C's have flaw's, that Nathan is considerate of Lenny's innocence and that Lenny, although having had a hard start in life isn't jaded and angry - every kid needs a Nellie!. I would have liked a little more character building, but I expect this will come as the series progresses. I look forward to future instalments.

I think Matt Haynes has done a good job bringing the characters to life. I had no problem distinguishing who was speaking and enjoyed the audio experience.

< I received a complimentary copy of this book at my request - it has in no way influenced my review. >

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life after pain

love the banter between Lenny and his boss Carl,thay act like brothers.
when the prologue started I thought that this book was going to be about Lenny and his struggles, but as it went on I knew I was going to enjoy it.
the kitchen scene had be laughing.
Imagine meeting someone at first sight and knew you would never forget that person, that is what I think Nathan felt. Lenny and Nathan's life before hadn't been smooth, maybe this is the beginning of better days.
Thank you JP Sayle for a great read. looking to more in the series.

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Absolutely LOVE this story

Both author and narrator are new to me, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I didn't expect was to be BLOWN AWAY! Seriously the plot, characters and message were perfect, and the narrator really brought it all to life beautifully. This is an absolute MUST listen, you won't be disappointed. I'm looking forward to listening to more stories by this author and narrator :)

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Lenny gets his break

After a rough hard beginning in life, it was good to see Lenny get a break in life and love . I enjoyed meeting a lot of wonderful characters that I look forward to following in this series. I love a good underdog story, and this is one to read. The story is not without obstacles and complications, but the end is a great starting point. I can't wait for more of Lenny's training with Nathan. I look forward to seeing how the dynamics of their relationship progresses. The narrator's voice and expressions added to my enjoyment of this story. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this story and am giving an honest review. I like that both mc gave physical flaws. It adds to the reality of the story.

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OMG!! delicious!!

I loved that story. And I need book 2 ASAP!!!
Lenny is so cute and Nathan... Wow!! He is so sexy!! the story is really well written and I can see the characters live in front of me.
The narrator is excellent. Every time he says "Lenny" in Nathan's voice I want to blush!!

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Loved !

This audio was amazing! The book was wonderful just by its self and now adding the narrative to it is just out of this world. Matt's voice for the characters was just perfect! Such a wonderful job I can not say enough good things! Awesome!!

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Mine, Body and Soul

Two men each with their own troubles to deal with find themselves drawn to one another. Can they find the strength to trust and the faith to give their hearts? This is an intriguing and engaging story that pulls you in. Lenny is a young man who is finding his way and Nathan is the man he wants to lead him. This was a nice introduction to these characters, and it was nice to see the beginnings of what could be a relationship between the two. I liked that these men were not perfect and that their flaws were not shied away from. Narrator Matt Haynes does a nice job of giving the characters and the story personality. This is a sweet beginning for these men, and I am eager to see just where they go from here.

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Wow

I was unsure if I would like this sorry because of the hard lives of the two men but was so surprised this sorrywas not at all what I thought it would be and so enjoyable. The characters did have hard lives but both are amazing characters. The narrator did a outstanding job making theses characters interesting and exciting. Am waiting impatiently for part 2 . Sooo excited.

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Scarred Together

Both author and narrator are new to me, so I went in a little blind. And oh my gosh I’m glad I gave it a shot!

The story was well-written, and the characters loveably broken. I’m so excited for the next book!

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Lenny's Story

I really enjoyed this story. Both Lenny and Nathan have pasts they struggle with, but with some patience and love it seems like they're on their way to their HEA. Lenny's 'mom' Nelly is a fantastic addition to the story with her humor and complete love and acceptance of Lenny. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series. I'm hoping to get more of Nathan's background as this book seemed to focus more on Lenny.
If you've read JP Sayle's La Trattoria Series, you'll recognize Carl and Sebastian as the owners of the restaurant Lenny works at.

Matt Haynes was a new to me narrator. I really enjoyed his narration; I had no trouble distinguishing characters.

I received a complimentary copy of this audio at my request. It did not influence my review.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 01-31-20

The beginning of something wonderful

Lenny has had a rough go of it. The book opens with a scene that is tragic and traumatic for the young boy and his life after that doesn’t go much better. His story is the same of so many – ineffectual parenting followed by years of foster care. He is eventually rescued by someone who offers him sanctuary and love but by then the damage has been done. In some ways he’s broken emotionally, but he’s most broken physically. He’s got a condition that makes daily life a challenge and when his body acts up, it can be devastating for him.

Enter Nathan. Nathan runs a BDSM club and is looking at expanding into a restaurant. He’s successful, attractive, and a Dom. He meets Lenny and the attraction is instantaneous. But Lenny is young and untested. He isn’t even that familiar with BDSM. Yet the pull between the men is palpable. Nathan is also determined to discover Lenny’s secrets and instead of being repulsed by the physical ailment, he embraces Lenny. He sees potential. He sees a damaged soul. He sees someone he wants to have a relationship with. Lenny’s physical ailment stands in the way of some of their potential interactions but not all. I liked that it wasn’t the be all and end all. The illness was merely present. And something that could be accommodated.

I love damaged souls. Love it when they find someone who sees them as a whole person and not just their illness. Someone who might one day be more. They do a scene and it’s clear on both sides that the men want more. This book ends on a strong HFN (Happy For Now). There’s no doubt the relationship is just beginning, but there are hurdles to be overcome.

Matt Haynes is a new to me narrator and I enjoyed his performance. But then I’m always a sucker for a British accent. I’m very excited to see where this series goes next.

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  • Mrs N
  • 01-31-20

A great start to a series

l really enjoyed listening to this story, my heart melted at the vulnerability of sweet Lenny. Life had been too cruel to him, until he met Nathan.
The smoldering chemistry between the characters had kept me hooked till the end. l was sorry it finished when it did, l wanted more, l want to know how Lenny will cope in a world he has never experienced.

The narration was very good, l love listening to a real British accent.

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  • Kay-Anne
  • 01-24-20

Slow to get going

Slow to get going. Just as it picked up book ended. Another sub holds all the power (but not) book lol

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  • zoe pappa
  • 02-02-20

Fantastic!

What a beautiful beautiful book! I loved the main characters so much, they were really well done. Such a touching well written book. And the narrator was fantastic.