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Again

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Six years ago, Noah Wheeler went to meet his boyfriend, Dante Cerreto, at the airport, and his world ended. Dante was kissing someone else and claimed to be in love. So Noah took his heartbreak - and the sonogram pictures of their surrogate child - and closed the door on the big picture of what he thought his life would be, focusing instead on the piece of the dream he got to keep, being a father.

Now on vacation in Las Vegas, Noah accidentally runs into the Cerreto family, and then the man himself, and learns that not only was he deceived, but Dante was as well. Now Dante wants to make up for lost time, six years' worth, and to do that he needs Noah, the only man he's ever loved, and Grace, the daughter he didn't know he had, to give him a chance at happiness. Dante's going to have to take a crash course in communication and seduction, though. Noah's not going to fall in love just to be broken again.

©2011 Mary Calmes (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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    Belen 07-02-17
    Belen 07-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved the narration!"
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    Wonderfully narrated by Nick J. Russo with great character voices, terrific timing, and good pacing.

    The story begins with Noah who went to pick up his husband, Dante, at the airport and found him Dante kissing his partner, his female partner, and was told their relationship is over.

    What’s worse? Noah had arranged for his twin sister to be impregnated with Dante’s sperm and she’s pregnant with their daughter. He never even gets to show Dante the sonogram picture. Once the shock wears off, and even though Noah is absolutely crushed, he does everything he can to contact Dante to tell him about their daughter – to no avail.

    The beginning was actually my favorite part of the book – wonderfully written and brilliantly narrated by Nick, the emotions in beginning of this had me mesmerized.

    The story picks up almost 6 years later when, by chance, Noah and his daughter Grace are in Vegas and Dante, along with his entire family, show up out of nowhere and push back into Noah’s life.

    After the initial prologue the story actually takes place in less than 12 hours. It’s also a super short novella so while there is some backstory that gets revealed, there’s also a lot that’s not mentioned – and it does impact the story.

    There’s also the matter of the guy Noah is non-exclusively dating, Keith, who I just felt like didn’t even need to be in the story. As a character and a plot point with what happens with him, it just felt unnecessary. Though I'll be honest, there is one hilarious scene involving Keith that Nick J. Russo performs so wonderfully that I'm really glad we didn't miss out on.

    This is definitely not your standard miscommunication plot – this is more of a totally wild outside manipulation of characters by a trusted source that leads to the dissolution of marriage and breaking of hearts.

    I really loved Noah and Grace, but I never warmed to Dante. He just kept rubbing me the wrong way. Especially when he decrees at first that Noah and his daughter pick up and move (from Southern California) to Maine without a thought to the disruption of Noah or Grace’s lives…it rankled.

    Anyway, they eventually work it out and there’s a HFN/HEA, but I think the story would have been much better served if this had been a full-length novel.

    In the end, while I really loved the narration I’m only sort of in like with the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Blackwindstar Surprise 06-30-17
    Blackwindstar Surprise 06-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "love the story and great narrator"

    this was a cute story. especially the love between Noah and Dante , life through them a curveball they overcome it. Mary Calmes one of my favorite authors.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    PrismBookAlliance 06-30-17
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    "Better than I hoped"

    I have been waiting forever for Again to come to audio. All that anticipation could have meant disaster if it didn't live up to my expectations. I need not worry, however. Nick J Russo was the perfect choice for Noah. I will certainly be listening to this one time and again.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ScrappyMom ODESSA, TEXAS, United States 06-29-17
    ScrappyMom ODESSA, TEXAS, United States 06-29-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Finally!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already love this story. It's one of my auto re-reads in kindle addition so for it to come out in audio is just perfect. Luckily Mary Calmes uses only the best of the narrators out there and Nick Russo did a stunning performance. It's short and sweet but good for when you just need a quick fix.


    Have you listened to any of Nick J. Russo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, Nick Russo is one of my favorites. It's funny how a narrator can make or break a story, especially if you already love it, this was a perfect match.


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    Heather 09-07-17
    Heather 09-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Ummm...."

    Um... what?

    The narration of this audiobook was fab and the sex was hot, but the plot... just crazy town.

    There is just no way that you would divorce your husband over a phone call or letter without confronting them. No way. I wouldn't even breakup with my high school boyfriend over the word from someone else instead of them. The plot was just ridiculous, so much so that I found myself huffing and snorting as I was listening.

    I actually made me mad, and I got even madder that Noah just took Dante back! I like my wronged men to make the significant other SUFFER. It was all too easy, too doormat-ish, too... unsatisfying.

    Despite my simmering anger, I also found myself liking parts of the story. Some of the alpha dialogue was sexy even as it enraged me. Is it possible to like and hate a story all at the same time?

    Maybe this is just for die-hard Mary Calmes fans? Either way, it wasn't a hit with me.

    *Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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    Morgan A Skye 08-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Okay story with great narration"

    Noah went to the airport to surprise his boyfriend Dante with a sonogram of his child only to find Dante in a clench with his work partner. When confronted Dante tells Noah he wants out of the relationship and that he’s fallen in love with someone else.

    Though Noah is crushed he does what he can to share with Dante their child, but to no avail. It isn’t until 6 years have passed that they cross paths only to find out that things aren’t what everyone originally thought.

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    This is a short story, only 96 pages, so much of it happens in a re-telling and the only “real time” is a matter of hours.

    As usual I loved the characters. Noah is the perfect guy who did everything “right” but with all the wrong information.

    Dante, you think is all bad, isn’t at all… but he still screwed up, and how! But… he’s the alpha guy who makes your eyeballs melt and nobody can just let that get away.

    Dante’s family is also perfect and helps to smooth everything over. Noah’s current “boyfriend” is perfectly stupid and manages to do just the right thing so that nobody feels bad about what happens to him.

    Most of this is typical Mary wonderfulness and I loved it. What I didn’t love was the brevity and what it did to the story. Instead of having our MCs work out something realistic (Mary does like to split her guys up – for years!) they end up making up in less than 48 hours and it felt really forced. I just hadn’t gotten to the point where I was able to buy into them getting back because Dante hadn’t done enough to earn his right to be back in Noah’s life.

    It was close… but I couldn’t quite feel good about it.

    So though it pains me to do so, I must give this a 3 of 5 stars. Great for Mary fans, but those less forgiving might not like this title as much.

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    I think Nick J Russo is amazing! I can listen to his voice for literally hours and never get tired of it.

    I wasn’t super in love with this story as an e book, and it’s definitely not one of my favorites by the author, but having Nick give Dante that low growly voice – yum! I’ve already listened to this twice!

    Listening to this, I’m reminded of why I both liked and disliked the story. I hated that the main “issue” is a lack of communication, but I did “buy” the explanation about Dante’s co-worker a bit more this time around.

    I loved Dante’s family as portrayed by Nick and thought this was a great short listen.

    Recommended!

    For the audio 5 of 5 stars

    Overall 4 of 5 stars

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shandara 07-29-17
    Shandara 07-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Feel Fest"

    While this story is short it runs you through the gambit of feelings.

    Dante whose gruff persona reminds me a lot of Sam Kage is a former CIA agent turned inn keeper and Noah a landscape architect were on the verge of making all of their dreams come true until they weren't. The heartbreak eased only by the knowledge that Noah would have to be both mother and father to a child meant to make Noah and Dante a family.

    But the course of true love will not be denied and when the two come face to face after a 6 year absence the whirlwind of accusation and pain and passion is unleashed on the reader like a tsunami.

    My only warning is that you will want more of this story and these two men. The narration is awesome and the story incredible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juan Carrillo 07-25-17
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    "More than it seems true loves wins "
    Would you listen to Again again? Why?

    Yes hands down the being is sooo sweet and it's a touching story about true love and how no matter what love will find a way to happen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Again?

    The family reunion at the end with Noah and Dante and Gracie


    Which character – as performed by Nick J. Russo – was your favorite?

    Loved Noah however the character of Dante is fantastic


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried like a baby and told my hubby who laughed at me.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope there is another story with these characters and it goes further

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Northeast Florida 07-07-17
    Kindle Customer Northeast Florida 07-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Big misunderstanding "

    Mary Calmes has written some M/M romances that are in my top 20 for the genre if not my top 10. Unfortunately the short "Again" doesn't make the list at all The entire plot is based on a misunderstanding so implausible that I never got past it. And the characterization of the MC Dante was repellent. Russo does a fair job with the narration considering the poor material he had to work with.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vera Dashiell 07-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Again, was a very funny book."

    I really enjoyed listen to the very amusing book. The only disappointing part, it was much to short. Great book and very well narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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