Spencer Cohen Series, Book Two

Spencer Cohen Series #2
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Series: Spencer Cohen Series, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.5 out of 5 stars (250 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Finally going from fake boyfriends to the real thing, Spencer Cohen and Andrew Landon are trying to take things slow. They know what they have could be something special, and despite the flammable sexual tension, they don't want to crash and burn.

Spencer is learning to open up and share the secrets of his past with Andrew. Afraid to put his heart on the line but unable to stop himself, Spencer knows he's falling in love. Andrew is petrified of leaping in blindly, yet the slower they go, the faster they fall.

As they navigate their new relationship, Spencer worries Andrew will freak out when he takes on a new client. But it's not a normal case, and Spencer soon realizes all is not what it seems. When the job takes a downward turn, Spencer and Andrew work together to help the client. They'll need to decide if they're ready for the next step.

Contains mature themes.

©2016 N. R. Walker (P)2018 Tantor

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Super Sexy

The sexy times commence, and they are H.O.T.! For as much as there was no sex in Spencer Cohen, Book One, it's more than made up for here. 

There's also an awesome side story featuring one of Spencer's clients which actually made me want to skip the sexy times to get back to it.

You can tell narrator Joel Leslie loves these characters - it's apparent in every word and emotion. He seamlessly goes back and forth from Australian to American accents so well you can almost forget this is just one person narrating.

All in all I enjoyed this as much as Book One, and am looking forward to listening to the conclusion of Spencer and Andrew's relationship story in Spencer Cohen, Book Three.

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Not a sagging middle in this amazing trilogy

Last we saw Spencer and Andrew, they were ensconced in Emilio and Daniela’s tattoo shop with the couple as well as Gabe and Spencer’s best friend Lola. At the end of the first book, Andrew said to Spencer’s crew, “he gets me like no one ever has…I’m hoping he would like to get to know me better…I know he has some family issues…it doesn’t scare me”. Then, to Spencer, he said, “In fact, I think you’re something wonderful.”

*sigh*

It was the perfect ending – two slightly (or seriously) neurotic souls finding each other. And if the story had ended there, I would have been satisfied. But their story had really just begun. In fact, in one of the first scenes, I was reminded that the two men had done nothing but kiss in the first book. Because two weeks of fake dating doesn’t count, right? And what’s the rule? No sex until the third date?

I guess it depends on what your definition of sex is. Andrew’s realization that he knows little about Spencer means he has questions and although the VETO policy carries on into their new relationship, Spencer is willing to be as open and honest as he can, even admitting to Andrew the last time he’d gotten rip-roaring drunk. I won’t go into details, but the more I hear about Spencer’s family back in Australia, the more grateful I am to his L.A. crew who have ‘adopted’ him.

Eventually, Spencer shares the story of his blackbirds tattoo and my heart broke just a little bit more.

Good thing he now has Andrew in his life.

Except Andrew feels he moved too quickly with his ex, Eli, so is determined to take it slow. With Spencer.

Seriously? I’ve had enough of the slow burn. I want…well, something…!

And they eventually do…something…which leads to the following very interesting conversation:

Andrew: “…take it slow…penetrative sex…other things?”
Spencer: “Anal. Butt sex. F-ing like rabbits? Seriously, Andrew, you are sexy. I want this to be more than physical.”

My heart did a little pitter-patter because I want that kind of relationship for them as well. And, interestingly, Spencer discovers a whole new side to the mild-mannered, self-effacing Andrew. In fact, he nicknames his new love, “Bossy Andrew”.

Speaking of monikers, Spencer has a new client, since he doesn’t want to be Andrew’s ‘rent boy’ and because he enjoys his job as a fake boyfriend/relationship guru, he agrees to meet Lance. I worried Andrew might be unhealthily jealous, but he proved yet again he’s not just an adult (who happens to draw for a living), but he’s actually a reasonable guy. Lance asks Spencer to track down an ex, claiming he’s concerned for the young man’s well-being.

During the search, Andrew and Spencer wind up at a bookstore. Spencer picks out two ‘perfect’ books for Andrew. I was yet again floored by the compatibility of the two men. Of course it’s not always a smooth sailing relationship, but Spencer refuses to let Andrew back away, although his line “we’re not ‘When Harry Met Sally, we’re like 7 (not psychopaths, but head in the box), I did kind of wonder. Then Spencer went on a rant and I knew things would work out.

“And I met you!” My heart was just about to burst, but I had to say this. “This is the life I was supposed to live. Here. Right now. In your bed with you!”

Well, Hallelujah!

Because it’s not in doubt that Spencer and Andrew will end up together. It’s the ‘how’ and that is why I love this series and N.R.’s writing so much. In ‘Red Dirt Heart’ I knew Charlie and Travis were meant to be together. It was the ‘how’, not the ‘if’. (Great series, I highly recommend it, also narrated by Joel Leslie. But I digress…)

With some dogged determination, Spencer does locate Lance’s ex, Yanni. Again, I don’t want to give too much away, but I was glad when I listened to this book that I knew ‘Yanni’s Story’ is Book 4 in the series. If ever a secondary character needed his story to be told, it’s this 21-year-old.

One thing to note is that all of the Spencer Cohen books are told from – surprise, surprise – Spencer’s point-of-view. So, at times, he eavesdrops so we can catch snippets of other characters’ feelings about him.

Andrew’s mother says, “You have never mentioned his tattoos.” (Spencer has full-sleeves on both arms) Andrew replies, “They’re not tattoos. They’re scars made of ink. He wears them for the world to see as a daily reminder of who he is.”
Okay, so I might have teared up. Aside from those who get a tattoo while drunk (and most reputable artists won’t do those anyway), most people who choose ink, do so for a reason. The actual act of marking the body can mean as much as the actual ink and design.

When Spencer provides Andrew with the full explanation, I gained more insight into his character than at any other time. I think N.R.’s use of body modification is a great way to show her characters’ emotions.

That and the image of Spencer’s dick retraction each time a Prince Albert piercing is mentioned – which is truly priceless.
I also learned that it is never easy to urinate while you have an erection.

I’ll leave you with that image because, thankfully, Andrew and Spencer buy a tub of lemon gelato and TWO toothbrushes.
I can’t wait to see where they go next.

So, Joel Leslie. What can I say? I think he and N.R. were meant to work together on these projects – providential so to speak. His interpretation of Spencer, Aussie accent and all, works brilliantly. I am able to get inside the character’s head, even more than just with N.R.’s words. He also hits all the right notes with the various accents for Spencer’s friends. So, good job, I’m off to read Book 3.

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Joel Leslie is an amazing narrator!

Spencer Cohen book 2 is not a standalone (which you might already have guessed from the title alone), it picks up moments after book 1 ended and it had all the sexy and steam the previous book didn't. Book one focused one the getting to know you and falling in love, this one brings the steam and is mainly focused on the relationship between Spencer and Andrew. It deals with the insecurities that starting a new relationship brings.

N.R. Walker writes about real people, they have flaws and issues. They are relatable and that's one of the reasons why I love her books so much and why I'm always picking up each and every one of her books.

I love these characters to death. They are just wonderful in so many ways. And reading (listening) to these books you become a part of the family. You laugh, hurt and hold on for dear life when you're in the passenger seat of Cindy Crawford and Lola is driving. You are there experiencing it all with them, and to me that is the ultimate proof of a great writer.

My only niggle with this book was that it felt more like an interlude, there wasn't much going on. Don't get me wrong this was not by any means a bad book, I just wanted a bit more plot and less sexy times (don't hate me), but hey you can't have it all.

As for the narration; I'm starting to wonder i Joel Leslie can narrate a bad book, because he just nails every book I listen to that he has narrated. The voices, the emotion and the accents, they are all just spot on and pure perfection.

Spencer Cohen is a lot of fun to listen to. There is not much angst near them and are pretty much made of pure sugar, happy and smiles and just my kind of book. Book 3 here I come!


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

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I'd spent years not allowing myself to feel

anything, and then this guy from the cover of Sexiest Geek Alive knocked me on my a**. ~Spencer~
I love how this series transitions into each book so easily. I thought I would get bored of the slow burn since I usually enjoy a lot of sexy scenes and I'm not opposed to a book being based entirely off of sex hehe. I was pleasantly surprised, I really enjoyed Andrew coming out of his shell, especially in the bedroom when he turned into a bossy boy, it was hot! The side story line of trying to find Yanni was interesting as well and really had me hooked. I can't wait for his story, it's probably going to rip my heart to shreds but I'm so here for it!

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Book Two and Three Reviews

I listened to book 1 and 2 through my Audible Escape membership and book 3 through Hoopla.

I enjoyed listening Joel Leslie narrate the Spencer Cohen series .

Overall this is a sweet, emotional and entertaining tale with a good ending and a dream like HEA.

Will I re-listen?: No
Recommend it : Yes

#Audible #ListenedOn2020 #AudibleEscape #Hoopla

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Sweet Continuation

I loved this book even more than the first book. Andrew and Spencer are perfect for each other, but they aren’t perfect people. They make mistakes and blunders, have misunderstandings, but through it all, they figure it out and move forward. It’s wonderful to read about characters who are okay with making mistakes, but act like adults and figure it out.

N.R. Walker has a wonderful writing style that’s easy to sink into and enjoy. Her characters, from the main characters to supporting, feel like real people who I’d love to meet for coffee. The plot was interesting, and although not unique, it was still gripping and had my heart aching for the pain that Yanni has experienced. I definitely recommend this book, but be sure to read book one first in order to truly enjoy the storyline and characters.

The audiobook was delightful. Joel Leslie has such wonderful voices for both Spenser and Andrew, and I quite enjoyed listening to him.

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Spencer Cohen 2

As I said in my previous review, this series is one of my favorites. I’m still learning to enjoy this narrator so I have little experience with him. He’s growing on me though his female character voices are not my favorite.

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Emotional and Sexy

The narrator did a good job. This book starts off exactly where book 1 ended. I like the interaction between Spencer & Andrew and the storyline that was emotional and sexy.

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I love this series

I love to listen to anything narrated by Joel Leslie. And add a great story to that makes it even better. I can't wait to listen to the rest of this series.

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Must have listened to 1st book recently.

I'd listened to book one almost a year ago and was completely lost when I start listening to this. There's no re-introduction, no segue, no "look back". It simple starts the precise moment book one ended. It's al.ost as if the series was written as a single read then divided into 3 books. It was so disorienting because I didn't even remember what the characters looked like and the book didn't reacquaint reader with any of that basic necessary info.

Story was good, more relationship oriented than I like but good enough that I listened to the whole thing.

Of course a large part of the reason I listened to it all was because of Joel Leslie. One of my top 3 narrators!

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  • Ronald Betts
  • 02-28-20

Another great story from N R Walker

Great story of love and the drama of people who abuse their partners and people who will help.

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  • Robert Snowfox
  • 05-19-19

totaly wonderful

This book is brilliant Joel leslie dose it again bring the people to life
Spencer and Lola are Hilarious
Andrew and Spencer are Adorable sexy cute and Flirty..

This book has me in Stitches and i love it <3 <3

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  • Katie townsend
  • 11-08-18

Incredible

Listening and reading spencer Cohan book 2 was beautiful and incredible

All the feels i could feel every word it was incredibly moving and powerful

I loved listening and following spencer and Andrew get closer together it was truly beautiful