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Life makes no promises, and sometimes, you draw the short straw.

Landon Johnston's life came to a grinding halt seven months ago when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

With the encouragement of his grandmother, Landon worked his way out of his slump and tried to live life while he still could.

Deciding he didn't want to drag anyone else down his morbid path, Landon gave up all friendships and denied himself love. It was better that way, because all he had to offer was eventual heartache and sadness.

While traveling the world, Landon meets Abel Matheson, a free-spirited, unedited, and nerve-grating man who was supposed to only be a one-night-stand.

Despite Landon's insistence that he can't form a relationship with his current diagnoses, Abel is persistent and will not be ignored.

Fighting against all his ingrained urges to run, Landon finds himself drawn down the road he swore he'd never take.

Intimacy grows and bonds form....

Only...Abel doesn't know Landon is sick.

How can anyone love a man with no future?

Telling him might cause him to run, but staying silent means living a lie. A lie which will only reveal itself in time.

©2017 Nicky James (P)2017 Nicky James

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So much heart and love in this book. ❤️

I love this book. This book holds such a big place in my heart. This book will tear at your heartstrings and have your emotions in its hold. It’s a must read. The audible had my jaw dropping. I never imagined anyone could replace Landon in my head but I was so pleasantly surprised with Adam Gold took hold of my Landon and made him something spectacular. I could listen to this audible over and over and it will never grow old. Thank you Nicky for your amazing guys and your brilliant story telling and thank you Adam for taking her guys and making them something special. ❤️

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Amazing and unforgettable listen - bring tissue

How many good things can I say about one book? I will try not to gush, nor will I give spoilers, but I want listeners to understand how powerful this book is.

The summary of the book makes it clear Landon has terminal cancer and time is not on his side. In her note to readers at the beginning to the book, Nicky promises this is a journey of life, not death. And she keeps that promise.

I don’t consider myself overly emotional or sentimental (although some who know me might disagree), but I’m glad I listened to some parts of the book in privacy with tissues. And even though I’ve waited twelve hours to write this review, I am crying again. Only in part because I know Landon will lose his battle with cancer. Mostly it’s because of how amazing how Abel is and how I know he will grieve when losing Landon.

That is the magic of this book – these two men are real to me. I related to them, I love them, I could see myself being friends with them. And every time Landon didn’t share his secret with Abel, I wanted to give him a good shake. His reasons were sound, but secrets have a way of coming out at the most inopportune moments.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ 5 stages of grief apply to Landon, his grandma, and, eventually, Abel. Landon is well into the journey through the stages, while the listener is taken through many of them as Abel goes through them with lightning speed.

Landon is trying to pack in as much living as he can in the time he has left. Abel appears in his life at the wrong (right?) time. After all, Landon is dying and he’s already putting his grandma through so much pain, he’s certainly not going to drag someone else down with him.

Okay, let me touch on how humorous this book is. Abel, however, is a force of nature. Undeterred by Landon’s coolness, he first persuades Landon into a one-night stand, and then pushes Landon to let him in – if only for a short time. Landon keeps insisting it has to be short, but Abel is just one of those guys. Look up persistence in the dictionary and his photo will be there.

Which, of course, is why I cheer for him. Why I grieve for him. Why I love him. He’s an abrasive Yank, admitting he has no filter, no edit button. For Landon, the staid Canadian, it is a bit like being hit by a freight train.

Confession time – I know where Petrolia is, and I used to date a great guy from Sarnia (I was MC at his wedding). I am unabashedly Canadian and love that the book is primarily located in my country.

Of course, universal healthcare is never mentioned because it is part of the Canadian fabric. Landon gets the best treatment and doesn’t have to worry about how to pay for it or deal with insurance. He is given the gift of being able to focus on living.

Abel isn’t without issues. His family – especially his father – is one of those (as are Landon’s). Having come from a loving and accepting family, I cringe at what LGBT people face. Homophobia drives me nuts.

There are other bad experiences Landon helps Abel work through. It is truly a reciprocal relationship. There are so many scenes I want to mention, but that would ruin the surprise. Abel’s goal is to bring joy to Landon, and that involves some truly creative dates.

So, for those of you who have never tried poutine, it is a must. A Canadian staple, as Abel discovers.

Adam Gold is a great narrator. He infuses these two men with joy, pain, and, most of all, LIFE. He adds inflections, chuckles, and emphasis naturally. He can be forgiven for not correctly pronouncing Scottish locations.

Finally, I took a quick peek into Nicky’s list of books, finding (much to my glee) that there are three more books in the series. Of course I hope they will come out on audio, but I’m not sure I can wait. This book has the perfect ending, but I know real life. I had a beloved family member die of this exact cancer. Canada recently lost a singer – a national treasure – to the same cruel fate. Landon’s future is certain, but Abel’s isn’t. I want him to have a happily ever after where he can treasure and honour the life he had with Landon, while finding someone to share his life with.

Did I say enough good things? Five stars just don’t seem like enough. The depth of writing, the ability to bring me right into the story… So I thank you, Nicky, for reminding me that life is short and loving is so important.

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LOVED IT!!!

I read No Regrets when it was first released as an eBook and I was so happy when I learnt that the author was releasing an audio.
The narrator, Adam Gold, is new to me, however, he did an amazing job with the narration.

Once I started listening, my real life faded into the background. I got lost in Landon and Abel's story and swooned at Adam's voice.
Adam brought the guys to life for me and I know that this is an audio I will be listening to again in the very near future.
Excellent job Mr Gold.
Congratulations on a beautiful story about love, life and living Mrs. James.

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Why did I wait so long?!?!

I’ve had the audio since day of release and the ebook for even longer but couldn’t bear to read/listen because I just knew from the blurb that this book was gunna take me to that crazy emotional place I really can’t handle.
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I finally took the jump and it was amazing. You know right off before the book even starts that Landon’s death doesn’t happen in this book. It’s all about his and Abel’s journey of acceptance that the end is nigh and that they will spend every day living with no regrets. I can’t recommend this enough!!!
This was the first book I’ve listened to by Adam Gold and he does an amazing job of portraying the emotional rollercoaster the MCs go through! I can’t wait to hear more from him.

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Just beautiful

Nicky James: Are you afraid of reading this book?

Me: Terrified

Things didn't bode well for me when I was teary eyed from the note from the author - before the book even begun... But some part of me just had to read this book. So it was with equal parts dread and anticipation that I went into this book.

I have to say Nicky James delivered what she promised - a love story celebrating life, not dwelling on the impending horrible death always looming in the horizon and the sadness of it all. Sure there were sad moments, bittersweet moments, but above all there was so much love it was brimming with it.

I loved every single moment we got to spend with Landon and Abel. It's a love story that truly celebrated life and the love that two people shared. Abel and Landon taught each other soo much and following them through this journey was beautiful and one that’s truly hard to forget.

I loved Adam Gold's performance of this book. The emotion and range of his character voices were just right. It was perfection. Pure Gold ;) It was my first book narrated by him, and I hope he’ll do many more in the future; he’s one to keep an eye out for. He made an already wonderful and emotional story come alive, added another dimension to it. Fingers crossed he’ll narrate the rest of this series. I for one will be first in line. (After I’ve run out and stock up on tissues)

I am looking forward to and anticipate the next book in the series, but it's also one I'm dreading a lot more. I need to know what happened to Abel, after Landon, but I'm also aware that while this book was a celebration, the next one will be about overcoming the loss of a loved one - ugly crying guaranteed. So if this book had me terrified of reading it, the mere thought of what the next book will bring has me petrified and almost running for the hills.

No Regrets was amazingly beautiful and it is a book that I'm highly recommending for everyone loving those bittersweet love stories with wonderful characters that you can't help falling for.

A copy of this audiobook was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes