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Nothing Serious

Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

What happens when “nothing serious” turns into something more complicated?  

Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over, and he’s moving out of the home they’ve shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he’s with is the wrong gender.  

Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he’s mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.  

As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?

©2019 Dreamspinner Press (P)2019 Dreamspinner Press

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I’m a little confused.

I’m a fan of Jay Northcote’s work and this is not my first audiobook of either Northcote’s or Michael Pauley’s. I checked the date because I was sure this had been made years ago for two very big reasons. Number one: this was not Michael Pauley’s best work. Not in the slightest. There really wasn’t a lot of variation in the voices and I’m aware that Michael Pauley can do much, much better. I have audiobooks in my library that prove that. Not to mention that it really didn’t sound like him at all. And number two...this is based across the pond. Towards the beginning, its mentioned that Mark’s mom lived in Ireland and then his Irish-Catholic upbringing, so I would assume he doesn’t have an American accent. Frankly, considering the language used in the book (“bugger”), it just makes the whole audiobook seem off since there aren’t appropriate accents at all. Was Mark Steadman not available? All that said, the story is classic Northcote and that part is everything I had wanted. I would have just preferred to have a more realistic narration.

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Charming

Fluffy, low angst love story.

Setting is UK but narrator is American. This did not bother me but, then, I like the narrator.

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  • Love222
  • NJ, United States
  • 07-17-19

Hmm this was a tough one

I'll start with what I liked. The characters, the story line that's all great it's fun and flirty and sweet. I love Michael Pauley as a narrator and I am so not sure what happened here. I mean he does a lovely job and his voice is great to listen to BUT this takes place in England, I'm pretty sure and it's all in an American accent. I mean it wasn't BAD just confusing and distracting. Overall I did enjoy it.

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really kinda cute!

Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the AUDIO file of this book.

Mark finally admits to himself and his partner of 9 years, that he is gay. While Rachel is devastated, she knows things have not been right between them for a long time. Mark moving out of their home seems the best thing to do, but they will remain friends. On moving day, Jamie shows up with his brother, and Mark feels an immediate attraction to the younger man. When Jamie drops a box contains some. . .personal items, Mark is mortified but Jamie finds the blush on Mark’s face adorable, and all kinds of sexy. But neither man is looking for anything serious right now, so they can just help each other out, right?

This book, right here, landed in my queue just when I needed it to, cos its far too stinking cute for its own good!

It’s a wonderfully well written tale of a newly out of the closet man, finding himself and all about his sexuality, with a willing young man who wants to help. Jamie finds Mark attractive, but he doesn’t want anything serious, last time he ran away when *serious* was talked about, so helping Mark explore all the joys of sex with a man, seems a good way to get close to Mark, while keeping his distance.

Mark has an immediate attraction to Jamie, and when Jamie suggests a friends with benefits type arrangement, Mark is keen to get to know Jamie.

What neither man expected, or wanted, was their emotions to get involved, and when they both realise this is what was happening, Mark and Jamie struggle with ways to talk to each other about it!

It’s not overly explicit, but it is all kinds of sexy! There is no real drama, save the guys finally admitting to themselves, at least, what they feel for each other.

It really is one of those books you just fall into and lose a few hours. It’s only short, some 154 pages, but it packs a hefty punch of cuteness! I listened to this, it’s just over 4 hours.

Michael Pauley narrates.

I have, in the past, found Pauley a bit hit and miss, for me, personally. Here, however, he really nails it!

Pauley’s voices for Mark and Jamie are different enough to be easily identifiable when they are talking, for all the characters, actually. His reading voice is clear and even, and I had no trouble keeping up. There were no dips in the sound to put me off, which has happened with Pauley before. It’s just where he lowers his voice, for thinking or musing, really but here, there is no dipping.

I loved how Pauley gets all the things running around in Mark and Jamie’s heads across, you genuinely sort of fall in love with them, as they fall in love with each other!

I’ve shelved it on my *kinda creeps up on ya* shelf, simply because, that’s what happens!

Love creeps up on Mark and Jamie and it was a pleasure listening to that happen.

4 stars for the book

5 stars for the narration

4.5 stars overall.

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  • Cat
  • Missouri
  • 05-31-19

A nice sweet coming out book

I enjoyed this story. It is a sweet coming out story, not a lot of angst and an overall good romance. The blurb really tells all that can be said without spoilers.
The characters are well written, the book is well narrated and charming and I love a British story with all the different mannerisms, and words.

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Seriously good...

Nothing Serious is an early Jay Northcote novella. I read it a few years ago and enjoyed it. I was interested to hear how Michael Pauley narrated a story set in the UK.

This sweet tale is easy to follow and an entertaining listen. There’s no real angst or heavy drama. Mark’s ex-girlfriend is supportive, as is the hunky Jamie, who selflessly offers himself up for Mark to explore his ‘newfound’ sexuality. They both declare the experiment would be ‘nothing serious’ and the problem only arises when it does become more serious for both guys. Neither of them is willing to express their developing feelings in case they run the risk of scaring the other off.

I liked the characters—both the main ones and the secondary ones, the UK setting, the low-angst and the fact that this is a sweet romance with two guys falling in love and no major drama. The sizzling bedroom scenes sprinkled throughout are an additional bonus. Mark and Jamie are considerate, nice guys. Both are mature and sensible. They have some good times together.

I’m from the UK, but I’m very picky when it comes to choosing audiobooks set there. Or rather, the narrators who have been chosen to perform the stories. Many come across as too old or too ‘BBC’ for the story and if narrated by a US narrator, the accents can be either too cockney or too posh. I often can’t get passed the sample on Audible, let alone the whole story.

I was eager to hear how Michael narrated this story. If I didn’t know it was Michael, I would never have guessed it was him. We don’t get his usual ‘rasping/growly’ voice, which I think worked for this story and the characters. He did a very good job at creating a neutral British accent. It occasionally has an Irish lilt, but then one of the characters has Irish blood. Michael made the story entertaining and easy to listen to. Well done!