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Alfie Bell is . . . fine. He's got a six-figure salary, a penthouse in Canary Wharf, the car he swore he'd buy when he was 18, and a bunch of fancy London friends. 

It's rough, though, going back to South Shields now that they all know he's a fully paid-up pansy. It's the last place he's expecting to pull. But Fen's gorgeous, with his pink-tipped hair and hipster glasses, full of the sort of courage Alfie's never had. It should be a one-night thing, but Alfie hasn't met anyone like Fen before. 

Except he has. At school, when Alfie was everything he was supposed to be, and Fen was the stubborn little gay boy who wouldn't keep his head down. And now it's a proper mess: Fen might have slept with Alfie, but he'll probably never forgive him, and Fen's got all this other stuff going on anyway, with his mam and her flower shop and the life he left down south. 

Alfie just wants to make it right. But how can he, when all they've got in common is the nowhere town they both ran away from.

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Alexis Hall (P)2020 Tantor

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Just didn't go anywhere

I've read several Alexis Hall novels. Some I really loved and others not at all. They don't even sound like the same author wrote them. This never seemed to go anywhere. The plot stagnated. I don't mind some angst but this never let up. I just gave up and didn't finish.

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A MUST LISTEN!!!

Seriously I cannot recommend Alexis Hall’s writing enough! Pansies is another spectacular and unique story bright to life by Hall.

As with all his writing Pansies is completely it’s own world, our leading men are so different from each other but they both have broken pieces of themselves that they cannot fix without the others love and understanding. The heart wrenching tale of Fen and Alfie will have you laughing, crying and begging for a happy ending.

I will day this book like all of Halls stories is not a traditional romance plot. There is no mold or trope to explain the love story of these two men (enemies to lovers doesn’t really fit because that’s all in the past and all that remains are the scars) all I can say is you will not regret buying this book and falling head over heals for these two men

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MM Enemies to Lovers

I just cannot recommend this series enough. This entire series was just brilliant. I adored everything about it, I think that is why it took me a year to read them, as I wanted to spread them out, I have them all in ebook and audio and have one in paperback soon to add the others. So that is all on that.

Now for the book, it was enemies to lovers/previous bully to lovers. It was done so impeccably well. I loved both Fen and Alfie and just could not get enough of their story. Alfie, the school bully turned hopeless romantic was just wonderful. He grew so much and in just the short amount of time in running into Fen again. He was able to feel so deeply and try to understand what he had put Fen through in school growing up. Now, Alfie is trying to make it right while falling totally in love with Fen in the process. Fen is such a beautiful character and he too grows wildly. He is able to overcome his grief and start living for himself. It is just a beautiful story and I am just so happy Alexis has decided to share it with us. His writing for this series is so well done, I just cannot stress that enough. Cornell Collins on this audio was amazing and I know I will be going back to relisten/relive this story over and over.

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No one does redemption better than Alexis Hall

In book after book, Alexis Hall gives us a character who's given up, or very nearly, and he slowly, carefully, and sometimes with really wicked sharp wit, brings them back to life, usually through a lover who won't give up on them. The Billionaire series and the Spires series are both about redemption through love, and as corny as that sounds, Alexis Hall makes it so deeply human that the cliche turns real and has the power to move and even inspire. I loved the book, the narration, the whole thing, and as with every Alexis Hall book, I finish it and get so unnerved that there's not another one to listen to that I go back and listen to it again, and it holds up to a second listen, and I suspect to a third.

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Bit of a tearjerker

Alfie is the kind of guy who never needed, nor wanted, to examine his life or privilege until he figured out he was gay. His way is about crashing headlong then fixing things after. This includes hooking up with Fen, his former teenage target. Fen is wallowing in “brackish despair” after losing his mom and gives in to the urge to sleep with his former bully, who doesn’t even have the decency to remember bullying him. They both want more, but Fen needs some convincing.

In general, Fen and Alfie are good for each other. Thankfully most of the book, except the prologue & epilogue, are from Alfie’s POV because Fen’s grief might have been overwhelming otherwise. The book is mostly about the guys learning to live with how life is, in a time when it’s less difficult but not easy to be gay. Alfie is pretty good about making things easier for Fen, who needs that. Fen offers Alfie both the need for thoughtful reflection and bursts of happiness and comfort. I liked the story for all that it made me cry rather more than I prefer.

Steam: Med. M/M sexytimes on page, intermittently. It felt like the right amount.

Narration: I like the narrator from other stories. He was good here too. Emotes enough but not melodramatically. I have no way of knowing if the accents were right but they sounded fine to me. The POV & time shifts for the first 3 scenes made it hard to attach at first, but by the time the guys meet up at the bar, things settled enough to make sense. Not sure if it would have been more or less confusing in print.

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Love Alexis Hall

I love everything AH writes! These characters were well-suited to each other and tugged at the heartstrings.

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Wonderful.

Alexis Hall has a unique and wonderful gift. There isn’t a story he’s written that hasn’t totally engaged me and made me fall in love with his characters. There’s a realism to his writing that touches the reader with the simple beauty and frailty of the MC’s.
Cornell Colons does a superb job in bringing these characters to life. I felt like I was overhearing the conversations and was completely immersed in their world.
A wonderful love story beautifully told.
Highly recommend.

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loved it

This will definitely be a relisten for me. I absolutely adored it, and I think this is my new favorite Alexis Hall book!

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Loved This

I loved this story! Alexis Hall's work is always amazing. Mr. Collins took those words and weaved a magic spell. The words "Alfie Bell" as said by Fen will stay with me for a long time. I hope Mr. Collins has more up his sleeve.

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fantastic

this book was fantastic. excellent narration imo. earmarking this audio for my book tracking purposes.

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Good book

I enjoyed listening to this a lot. By the end I wasn’t as swept away as I have been by other Alexis Hall books which is why I gave four stars, but it’s still good. The narrator’s voice was lovely, but the times when he did accents were a bit cringe worthy - fortunately most of the time he didn’t have an accent. He morphed from Geordie accent to Yorkshire and back again. His voice is great to listen to otherwise, though.