• Natural Twenty

  • Roll for Love, Book 1
  • By: Charlie Novak
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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Natural Twenty

By: Charlie Novak
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
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Plants are easier than people - that’s Leo’s rule of thumb. After all, nobody really wants a man who looks like he belongs in a biker gang but would rather spend his time buried in books and flowers. It’s just easier to be single. Until he meets the owner of the new book shop. 

Jacob Morris knows two things: He’s really attracted to the man who runs the local flower shop, and he doesn’t date. Not when he’s still healing from a bad breakup, has a new business to run, game nights to organize, workshops to host, and a website to build.

When friendship blooms into something more, Leo and Jay must decide whether to roll the dice and take a chance on love or keep forging ahead on their quests alone. Will their roll yield a one or a perfect, natural 20? 

Natural Twenty is an 80,000-word contemporary-MM romance featuring Dungeons & Dragons, secret flower language bouquets, a spoiled Staffy (or two), and a best friend who is basically a gothic prince. It is book one in the Roll for Love series and can be enjoyed as a stand-alone.

©2020 Charlie Novak (P)2021 Charlie Novak

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Low Angst and sweet

Not bad, but I got a little bored. There weren’t a ton of hot scenes, but they were too long for my taste and I started skipping through them. The main source of drama came from a reluctance to ask for help, and I didn’t have a lot of patience for it. Leo and Jay were very likable though and I liked the supporting characters.

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Utterly sweet and so full of perfect feels!

This book hit all the right notes! It’s a wonderfully heartfelt story with believable characters and plot, soooo many feels, and the happy ending we all deserve. Plus, some really steamy scenes that will have you needing a cold shower.

I want to hang out with all of these characters and am so looking forward to book 2 in this series!!

As usual, Joel Leslie gives an amazing performance, with wonderful accents and delivery that pull you into the story immediately.

What a winning combination!! Definitely give this a listen! You won’t be sorry!

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Good background noise

narrator isntop notch, I always love Joel, but the story is sort of juvenile. the story isnt jntense at all in both conflict or romance. it's more of a "put on in the background and do your chores" sort of story. there isnt anything you need to pay attention to. overall I think this is a skip. save your momey and credit.

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Great book!!

This is really well done. A classic, sweet m/m story about two nerdy shop owners. I took a chance on this book because of Joel Leslie and he is at his best. Great writing, with interesting side characters. A few chapters end abruptly and one ended mid-sentence, which was off putting, but I don’t even care, I liked the book so much it didn’t bother me.

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Amazing

I loved the book. I actually read the 2nd book first and then, when they mentioned Jay and Leo’s story I knew I had to read it

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Great!!

This was a sweet and endearing love story. Simplistic with all the feel good moments you could want! I absolutely love these types of stories where people who live life in their own lane who happen to be just a little bit broken. They end up finding the person that takes their broken pieces and puts them back together and fills in the cracks. I also appreciate the realistic and minimalistic drama that prevents them from seeing each other clearly but always resolves towards the end to give you that happily ever after you hope for from the beginning. I’ll definitely be listening to this again and you should give it a try yourself. Joel Leslie has a way of bringing a story to life and really makes you care for the characters he portrays.

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A wonderful listen

the story was a journey through the language of flowers and the odd offbeat men that were hit with love when they least expected it. a great listen.

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Sweet Read

I absolutely love Leo and Jay!! This story had all the sweet low angst feels that I love! I love how the relationship between the two developed!

It took me a little while to get used to the narrator's voice but once I did I really enjoyed it!!

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A critical success! A true nat 20!

I am a gamer geek, collector of shiny math rocks, and fan of tabletop RPGs. You don't have to be any of those things to enjoy this book! But it does make my inner geek chick squeal with glee to see a book series with a theme like this. Add in Charlie Novak's ability to spin a quality yarn and you have a winner all the way. Leo is so sweet and humble with his secret language of flowers too. I adored this book and throw in one of the best audiobook narrators out there in Joel Leslie and you absolutely can't roll a critical fail.

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Not sure about this one

The story was hard to follow/enjoy. There is no actual story line. I tried to finish it but I could not connect with the characters. Joel is normally an automatic download for me but I could hardly differentiate the voices. He did a mediocre job on this one, I'm sorry.

I am not sure about a second installment if there is one.

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