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Gabriel Wyatt is a big city Detective living in a small Ohio town. He expects a peaceful existence once he moves from Miami, Florida, but that’s the last thing he finds. Instead, Gabe discovers murder, mayhem, and one smart-mouthed stylist he can’t get out of his head. Josh “Jazz” Roman is a small-town business owner with big dreams and an attitude to match. He finds himself in the middle of a case that brings the dreamy detective to the front door of his Curl Up and Dye salon. Josh learns that the biggest threat to him isn’t a killer; it’s a man who wants something from him that he vowed to never give again - his heart. Both men deny that there’s something between them, even though they’re drawn together like magnets. Can Gabe convince Josh to let down his guard or will Josh let past hurts destroy his chance at a happy future? 

©2016 Aimee Nicole Walker (P)2017 Aimee Nicole Walker

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Savage-ly Pleasing

Joel Leslie excels at performing smart, sassy and unique characters, and his take on Josh is a masterpiece.

Dyeing to Be Loved is the first book in a series, with an emphasis on developed, nuanced characters and expectations-defying plotting, and Joel Leslie handles this complex book with exceptional skill and emotion. He becomes the characters.

Personal favorites are Josh, and the parrot, Savage. His take on Gabe is as solid as the character, and the explosive chemistry between the two MCs come across loud and clear in the performance.

The book is a must-read for realistic but unique characters, engaging plots, and a dynamic relationship that is anything but predictable. The book is enjoyable, with a subtle thread of tension and malice that thrills when people starting dying, and well, dyeing.

*Having the prequel short story added to this edition was deeply appreciated.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding Audio Performance and Knockout Story!

5 Stars across the board! Not only was this an amazing story with amazing characters, but the audio performance was out of this world. WHY did nobody tell me about this book sooner?

I can't believe it took me so long to get started on this series. I've had this book on my radar for some time now, but I kept putting it off because my reading list is so long. I finally had the chance to get my hands on the audiobook and I couldn't pass it up.

At first, I really didn't like Gabe. He was a judgemental smartass and I thought I was going to have a serious problem trying to connect with him thoughout this book. He says some things to/about Josh that start them off on the wrong foot and they took off dancing with four left feet. No matter how much Gabe tried to apologize and set things right, Josh just wasn't having it.

Josh was my favorite of the two MC's, and my favorite Aimee Nicole Walker character overall as well. He was sweet and sassy, not afraid to tell it like he sees it, and faaarrr too fabulous to put up with Gabe's judgemental ass. Everytime a Josh chapter started I knew I was in for a good laugh. His character was hilarious, fierce, sweet, and strong all at the same time.

Despite taking their sweet old time getting together, the romance between Josh and Gabe was worth every excruciating second of waiting. They were a perfect fit together emotionally and physically, and oh boy did they burn it up in the bedroom. I was not expecting this level of sizzle from Walker, but this book was haawwwtt.

And lets give a round of applause for Joel Leslie!! When I decided to read this book, I had no idea that Joel Leslie was the narrator. I've listened to one of his previous audio narrations (Devotion by Grace R. Duncan) and I was a little on-the-fence about the narration. I felt like Leslie exaggerated the characters a lot more than was necessary, but this book was absolutely perfect. From little old ladies with a southern accent to sassy and feminine Josh Roman and the dark and sexy Gabe Wyatt, Leslie killed it! This book is probably the best audio performance I've had the privelege of listening to yet.

This was hands-down an amazing audiobook! The story was great, the characters were amazing, I loved the romance and the heat, it was a perfect narration. Couldn't ask for more. Can't wait to read the rest of this series!!

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Can’t wait for more!

I absolutely adored this series. I originally read the first 3 books in 2 days. Josh and Gabe definitely have a rough start but oh man what a relationship they end up having. Joel Leslie is the perfect narrator for this story. He is one of my absolute favorite narrators. Cant wait for the others to be released!!!

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Dyeing to be Loved

I loved this series and really looked forward to the audio. I’m going to be in the minority but I struggled with the audio a little. I listen to a lot of audios so I’ve heard the narrator often. Unfortunately similar voices are used in other books so I spend too much time figuring out which books they came from. Also, something that bothers me is the long pauses at the end of chapters.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Amazing Performance!

Let me start this review by saying that I attempted to read Unscripted Love (UL) a couple months ago which is a spin-off of the Curl Up and Dye series. I was assured UL can be read as a standalone but in the first chapter I was so confused I stopped reading. I was undecided about listening to this book until I saw the name of the vocal performer.

I honestly don’t know what else I can say about Joel Leslie that I haven’t said in other reviews. He’s simply perfect. I don’t know how he keeps all the voices straight for all the characters but he does…and I can tell which characters are speaking because EVERY voice is distinct and unique. I’d love to watch him record a book because I bet it’s amazing to see.
I don’t know if I would have enjoyed this book as much if I didn’t listen to it…Mr. Leslie definitely made it worth listening to.

The story is cute…a little campy at times, a little predictable at others. Josh was frustrating with his hot/cold behavior with Gabe and Gabe was more patient than I would have been. When all their BS was stripped away they were good together. They have amazing sexual chemistry. Josh brings out the fun side of Gabe and Gabe is good at letting Josh be himself and loving him as he is.

I liked most of the supporting cast. I like that the prequel was included but didn’t like that some scenes were repeated in book 1.

As for continuing the series and revisiting the spin-off…I’m unsure. I think I would definitely listen to the next book if Mr. Leslie is the vocal performer again. I’m glad it’s on KU in case I do decide to read the rest of the series. I guess only time will tell.

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Perfect start to the series!

Josh is a successful stylist and owner of the Curl Up and Dye salon in the small town of Blissville in Ohio and Gabe is a police detective that moved from Florida following his now ex and thinking the small town would be more peaceful than the big city. From the moment Josh and Gabe meet, sparks fly and not in a good way, as one of Gabe's comments is blown out of proportion by Josh, whose fiery temper makes it almost impossible for the handsome detective to apologize. Even when a murderer seems to have set his sights on Josh, and Gabe comes to his rescue, Josh refuses to let him in, even if he can't deny his growing attraction for Gabe.

One thing is sure, there's never a dull moment in Blissville!

I won't spoil it for you further than this, because you need to either read this book or listen to the audio, but this series is absolutely brilliant! The covers are breathtaking, the complex crime storylines will keep you guessing and turning the pages and the love story between Gabe and Josh will have you sighing and wishing for more. These two are definitely hot, hot, HOT together and Aimee Nicole Walker shows us she's a master at creating very sexy scenes that almost threatened to set my kindle on fire. Never mind that the dialogue, both between Gabe and Josh and with the rest of the cast was amazing!

Joel Leslie did a fabulous job bringing Gabe and Josh (and Savage!) to life! I knew he would deliver a great Josh and he did, but my favorite voice out of the two main characters was Gabe, in this case. Joel's performance was great, giving the different scenes the emotion they called for and each character a distinctive voice. His tone is quite nice and pleasant and I think he was a perfect choice to narrate this particular book/series.

The audiobook is funny, engaging, fast-paced and character-driven, definitely one that I will listen to again!

Rating: 5 Stars!!!

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An entertaining read!

Overall: 4.5
Narrator: 4.5
Story: 4
Listening Length: 8 hours and 49 minutes

I've read this entire series on ebook and I am totally in love with Josh and Gabe. It was great to revisit the beginning where it all started. Joel Leslie did a great job narrating this story. I love how he gave Josh that sass that you just can't help but love. He gave all the characters a voice and personality of their own. I think he did a great job delivering the story.

The story itself was just as entertaining. I'll stick to my previous review of the ebook where I just didn't care for the mystery aspect of the story. That still stands as it just didn't work for me but I enjoyed the build up between Josh and Gabe.

Aimee Nicole Walker choose a great narrator to portray her characters and I enjoyed the audiobook version more than the ebook because Joel Leslie just did a fantastic job and it was entertaining listening to it all play out.

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One of the best I've listened to for 2017!

Gah! I was absolutely addicted to these two from the beginning of their story in Fatal Reaction to that cliffhanger in the epilogue of Dyeing to be Loved. By the time I was done reading the series this week, these two had landed on my list of all-time favorite fictional M/M couples. Aimee Nicole Walker's writing is on-point and she's impeccably merged that palpable feeling of anxiousness and anticipation of the murder mystery part of the book with that of the heat and heart of the romance aspect of the story. She's also given readers an amazing cast of characters--and I'm not just talking about humans here! Josh's pets are notable, but it's his dirty-talking macaw, Savage, who takes the cake. Talk about being a scene-stealer! Josh's and Gabe's circles of friends also play their respective integral parts in moving the story forward, and a few of them are part of the Road to Blissville spin-off.

When it comes to voice-over work, I make no secret of the fact that Joel Leslie is my top go-to narrator. The guy is unbelievably gifted, but then I had only listened to his work through three audiobooks that belonged to one particular series, which had Leslie working mostly Australian accents and one American accent. So, I was a teeny, tiny bit nervous about listening to him in Dyeing to be Loved. Of course, in hindsight, I realize that I should have never doubted the guy! I was blown away by narration, breathing life into both Gabe and Josh as well as every single peripheral and supporting character--including Savage! I'm going to cross my fingers and toes that he remains the narrator for the rest of the series because now, I can't imagine anyone else as Gabe Wyatt and Josh Roman. With Walker's story and Leslie as storyteller, Dyeing to be Loved is five-plus-star must-listen-to and -read! ♥

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Worth the wait

Having read this series several times I had to have the audio version. I love this series. And now I can listen anytime I want. Great job to the narrator. Joel Leslie did a good job at conveying the emotions of all the characters. I’m looking forward to listening to the next one. Aimee Nicole Walker is one of my favorite authors and I’m happy to add her to my audio collection.

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Not bad, but not great

It was a nice love story, but the fact that they cant say anything wirhout the other missunderstanding got old fast. They kept repeting it over and over.
Was also a little disapointed that the murderer basically got nothing to do with the main charachters at all. Pritty much the story is about two guys trying to understand there feelibgs for one another and to make to story more "interesting" the auther put a murder in there.
Still a nice story, but I doubt I will listen to it again unless the cliff-hang ending give us a really good secuel!

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  • Millsy Loves Books
  • 11-29-17

Hilarious a fantastic story & fantastic narration

Why oh why have i not read anything from Aimee Nicole Walker before!! Not only was this an amazing story with amazing characters and animals ;-), but the audio performance was absolutely hilarious.

Josh was my favourite of the two main characters, he was sweet and sassy, not afraid to tell it like he sees it. Josh had me tickled pink so many times throughout this book.

I loved the slow burn between Josh and Gabe i think if they had just jumped into it i really don't think i would have enjoyed it as much as i did. They really were a perfect fit together emotionally and physically with off the charts chemistry.

I know i haven't gone into detail of this story because this was an amazing audiobook! and should be experienced. The story was great, the characters were amazing, I loved the romance and the heat, it was a perfect narration. Couldn't ask for more. Can't wait to read the rest of this series!!

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  • Lucy Oliver
  • 11-09-17

love this story

I adore gabe and Josh and have reread the story tons of times and was so excited to hear it was being turned into an Audio book and it didn't disappoint.Joel bring the characters to life in such a way it was like it was the first time.so excited for the next book xx