Rebel

Ballsy Boys, Book 1
Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
Series: Ballsy Boys, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.7 out of 5 stars (154 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

I’m everyone’s friend, but no one’s everything....

I love working for Ballsy Boys, but when you make the kind of videos I do, relationships are pretty damn impossible. Guys find me sexy and want to either be with me or be me, but no one has ever cared enough to see the real me.

Until I meet Troy...who shows up in a banana suit at my door. Long story.

Troy has no problem whatsoever with my job, but he’s determined to keep me at a distance. I get it, he’s been hurt before. But for the first time, a hook-up alone is not enough. I want more with him. Hell, I want everything. But he resists at every step until I’m about ready to give up. What do I need to do to show him that what we have is real and worth fighting for?

Rebel is the first book in the Ballsy Boys Series and is a sexy, emotional MM romance that will make you fall in love with all the Ballsy Boys. While this audiobook and this series do contain some instances of sex outside of the main relationships, there’s no cheating.

©2019 Kyleen M Neuhold (P)2019 Kyleen M Neuhold

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Horrible narrator

I am never this negative in a review, but Kenneth Obi is awful. His story telling is so fake sounding. It is truly terrible acting. I actually had to switch over to reading this because he was ruining the story for me. Rebel is a porn star and Troy meets him when he is paid by another guy to break up with him. It’s his side job. Troy has issues of commitment but not having sex with a porn star. Rebel falls fast for him and must try to convince Troy to be with him.

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A great beginning of a series

I loved Rebel and Troy. I loved the characters especially Troy. The storyline was interesting. I was pleasantly surprised by this book and first of a series and will definitely be following the series. Kenneth obi did a fabulous narration. Everyone had a distinct voice, the pacing is good and it is more acting than reading.

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As is well expected by the synopsis, this book is full of sex and dirty talk. The narration and many different characters threw me off at first but eventually I got it all figured out in my head. Troy was a bit over the top with his commitment phobia, but at least they worked it out for a happy ending. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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Terrible narration

I loved this book when I read it, but I had a really hard time listening to it all the way through. I felt like the narrator really missed on the interpretation of the story and the characterizations of all the different players in the story. Troy sounded like an over-excited teenager most of the time, no matter what was happening in the story, and Rebel sounded like a total stoner. The inflection of the two main characters never changed regardless of what was going on, and it was sooo annoying. The rest of the characters sounded so similar that I couldn't even guess who was speaking if there was no name attached to the speaker. The other problem was that the enunciation of the narrator was poor and sometimes I couldn't even understand what words he was saying. It's a shame because this book could have been so much better on audio with a different narrator. I have no plans to purchase any of the other audio books in the series if it's the same narrator.

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Narration adds a lot to the enjoyment of the book

This review is very similar to the one I did for the book. I enjoyed the book a lot. I don’t remember it being this funny though. The narration by Kenneth Obi really showed Rebel’s and Troy’s sweet, fun sides. I usually like to read the book before I do the audio, but in this case the audio would be fine first. Rebel is one of the of the Ballsy Boys porn stars. He's a nice guy who's happy with his work and life. The men he works with are like an odd kind of family. He sometimes wishes he could find someone to date who isn't bothered by his profession. His current guy doesn't know what he does and for now that's fine with him. Want to breakup with someone but don't want to tell them yourself? Hire Troy and he will do it for you. Not the best job to have but it allows him to go to school and to work on a mobile game app he is trying to develop. Troy is hired to break up with Hendrix (better known as Rebel) but he has to do it in a banana suit. When he realizes who Rebel is (his favorite Boy) he immediately convinces him a good way of getting even would be to have sex. Rebel agrees and off comes the banana suit. Neither is looking for long term. Rebel wants something away from his porn career. Troy, afraid of any closeness, wants the hot sex with someone he's fantasized about. They begin with the sex, then the feelings creep in. You'll have to listen to the book to see how they solve the issues that come between them. The story is well written and you know with a porn stars as major players the sex will be amazing. This is the first in the Ballsy Boys series.

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Spicy and Sweet

I heard so much about the Ballsy Boys series and my expectations were so high that I was afraid it wouldn't live to the hype. But it does! And I had a blast listening/reading it! Rebel is the story about Hendrick (aka Rebel) a sweet , romantic and all around nice person and also, one of the most popular and hottest Porn Star at Ballsy Boys Productions . And about Roy, a commitment phobic, smart and sexy , last year college student, struggling to pay tuition . Through a combination of circumstances that includes, a bad date, a banana costume, lack of money and luck , our heroes meet and hit it off. From duck 😏buddies , to friends with benefits their relationship develops to much more. While simultaneously having a lot and I mean A LOT of hot AF sexy times, that I thoroughly enjoyed, but I digress. Yes, there are a lot of explicitly descriptive, dirty and smutty scenes ; yet there is also an entertaining and engaging plot and narrative. Kenneth Obi narration was on point and perfect. He acted all the characters , not just read the book. Looking forward listening other books of the series.

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Finding love you think you don't deserve

This is a wonderful story about finding and keeping love. After being abandoned be people that were supposed to love him Troy gave up on finding lasting love until he met Rebel. One of my favorite scenes is when Troy goes to NY to be with Rebel. Narrator Kenneth Obi does a fabulous job and I can't wait to listen to the rest of this series.

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The Narration is a big miss

Kenneth Obi is a hit or miss!!! The narration really messes up the flow of the book and because he narrates the whole series I won't invest in the rest of the series.

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This was so well written!

I've had this on my backlog for a while. I read the premise, thought it was interesting but didn't think much of it. I sorta expected a easy read. This was not an easy read at all and nothing what i expected. This was so well written. Like. Oh my goodness it was good. It was sexy right away and easily kept my attention with well paced Erotic moments and a good mix of relationship build with tension. Of all the premises that I couldn't possibly think of making a good romance, this was not it, but somehow the writing was so creative and detailed to make it work. It was also a somewhat heavy read too but for those sensitive to that, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It did make me cry though. And even somewhat got me emotionally frustrated with the insanely good relationship building plot and overall drama going on in this world. Highly recommend this =) I know the premise sounds silly, but it works and it works well.

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An excellent, sexy story!

I really got into the romance of this first Ballsy Boys book! I couldn't wait to find out how the love affair of a lonely porn star and a distrustful college student would turn out. Kenneth Obi brought these characters to life and led me to feel that I could understand their perspectives and hangups. If you are into well written gay romance, don't pass this one up!

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 04-05-20

OMG so good!

I can't believe it's taken me so long to dive into this series bit oh my words it's fantastic! Honest, steamy and so much more I loved getting to know ALL the Ballsy Boys while enjoying Rebel and Troy's unique love story! I can't wait for more!!!!

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  • Nanta
  • 04-01-20

very enjoyable

i liked troy and rebel's story very much. Kenneth obi did a great job narrating it. troy has issues with trust and has a hard time believing somebody will every want him, rebel has to break down his walls slowly if they ever want a chance of a HEA

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  • LHunt
  • 02-06-20

Rebel and his banana boy

Rebel is book 1 in the Ballsy Boys series by K.M. Neuhold and Nora Phoenix. I remember enjoying this book the first time I read it, but I don’t think I laughed nearly as much then as I did while listening to the audiobook. K.M. Neuhold and Nora Phoenix have the amazing ability to create these strong friendships among characters who are all individually flawed, yet they are also as equally devoted and loyal to each other as they are to their significant others. It’s refreshing to see and just makes me enjoy this series that much more. I may have found Rebel to be charming on paper, but he’s downright hilarious when narrated by Kenneth Obi. The narration of the other characters makes me all the more excited for the rest of the series. Great story + great narration = a 5-⭐️listen

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  • Chrystal
  • 02-05-20

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Rebel (Ballsy Boys Book 1) by K.M. Neuhold and Nora Phoenix. Wow what an amazing start to a sizzling Hot series. This story was well written with a lot of action. The characters will keep you entertained from beginning to end. This was a great listen. I can't wait to listen to the next book. The Narrator Kenneth Obi did a fantastic job bringing these characters and story to life.

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  • Jem
  • 02-04-20

Ballsy joy!

Yay! It’s time to listen to one off my favourite recent books by two of my favourite authors with one of my favourite narrators. Rebel was a great introduction to us meeting all of the Ballsy Boys and I can’t wait to see what Kenneth Obi does with the rest of the characters.

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  • Kirsty Mc
  • 02-04-20

An unusual start to a relationship!!!

Rebel, the first in the Ballsy Boys series is amazing. We get an introduction to the main members of the Ballsy Boys while the main story focuses on Rebel, one of the Ballsy Boys and Troy, who is hired by Tom to break up with Rebel. This begins their story which has some ups, some downs and ends fantastically. Love both K.M. Neuhold and Nora Phoenix’s writing so the two of them together is awesome. When you add in the amazing narration talents of Kenneth Obi then you’re definitely on to a winner. I’m very picky with my narrators as I can lose interest pretty quickly but Kenneth Obi always has me hooked and gripped.

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  • Thais Dematte
  • 02-03-20

AMAZING

I always like stories about s*x workers and porn actors, count me in! I really like how slow their relationship progressed, how they handle things. Sure, Troy was a bit frustrating at times because he was has relationship-phobia, but it only added to the appeal. And when he discover he couldn't live without Rebel, it was beautiful. Rebel is my favorite character! And I love the banter with Rebel's work friends and can't wait for the next book in the series! This was a fun, sexy, low-angst, free of fabricated-drama, no insta-love story. I really like Kenneth Obi's narration in this audiobook. Overall I like his narration, although sometimes some MCs end up having really girly and nasal voices just because they are smaller or more delicate, it didn't happen here, which I'm grateful. The pacing is magnificent, he really is a wonderful voice actor and I can never mistook one character with one another.

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  • Trio
  • 12-13-19

Fun Story, Nice Start to the Series

Interesting story, with lots of humor, and tons and tons and tons of sex... I liked the way these two guys gradually fall for each other over the course of the story. It's well written and nicely done. A good set-up for the future of this series, it's an interesting premise and I'm sure works as each of these guys gets their story. I listened to the audiobook and Kenneth Obi turns in a solid performance.

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 10-05-19

I would give more then 5 stars if possible

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Kenneth Obi is one of the 3 narrators (so far), I can listen without break and have no problems to follow. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review. PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: 5* - very very good it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often re-listening it's like an A 3* - it's more then a one-time-listening. it's like a B

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  • Kylie
  • 02-01-20

Rebel and Troy bought to life.

I loved the book by Kyleen and Nora but having it bought to life was really enjoyable. Rebel and Troy make a good couple and deserved a happy ending. Kenneth did a great job with the voices of all the ballsy boys. Really looking forward to listening to rest of the boys. This book the first in the series was epic and the rest of the series is going to just as epic. If you have read the book then grab the audible copy and listen to Kenneth spin his magic and bring the ballsy boys to life.