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Stand in Place

Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (199 ratings)

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One summer won’t be enough....

Kaenon Geary was done fighting the small minds in his sleepy Texas town when he made his escape and never looked back. But now, for the first time in more than a decade, he’s returned to Braxton to spend the summer with his beloved grandmother - her final summer - and no longer recognizes the home he’d left behind all those years ago.

Everything has changed.

Everything but the man he’s never stopped wanting.

Brody Scott was the local football hero who became a gridiron champ, but he retired from the fast lane to forge a new life as the Chief Constable of Braxton. He longs to put down roots in the community he is now sworn to protect. Though he’s not at all sure he can protect his heart from the quiet, earnest boy he once knew. The boy who has come back a man.

Starting something would be a mistake. Kaenon plans to fly away at summer’s end, but his love is something Brody desperately wants to have...and to keep. Their days together are numbered. Unless some simple hometown magic can make all the right things bloom and show them the true definition of love.

©2019 Mary Calmes (P)2019 Mary Calmes

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Words can't describe my love for this book!

One of the things I love about Mary's books is that there is angst, but not necessarily between the love interests. There's no over the top storylines or will they or won't they or a misunderstanding that takes chapters to resolve. While those can be fun, they can also be tiresome. This was a nice love story that happens naturally with some family angst. Great story!

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Greg Boudreaux brings this to life.

This is a m/m romance. At the tender age of 14, the Kaenon is disowned by his parents and siblings when he comes out as gay and is subsequently taken in, raised, and loved by his grandparents and aunt. He makes a good life for himself far away from his hometown for 18 years. However, when his grandmother becomes ill and he comes back to his hometown, he learns that true love means the people who stand in place in your life and don't leave. He doesn't realize that his whole life, he has internalized his pain and anger and when he forgives, he gets his life/love back. It has a little magic in it, but not enough to be paranormal. I read this book first and then later when the audio came out, I listened to it and enjoyed it thoroughly. Greg Boudreaux does a wonderful job with this story and his voicing of the characters and their emotions (and snark) are a joy to listen to.

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Absolutely Loved

This was one of best gay fiction book I have read. It had an amazing story and steamy scenes, but the story was captivating. Great Great Book!!! Can’t wait to listen to more of the authors book if they are anything like this one.

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  • Danagirl42
  • Lumberton, NC, United States
  • 10-05-19

You did it again

Mary Calmes is my first author who I started reading about in gay romance anytime she has something I need to read I do. Thank you, about this coming home story it's my story in a book, except I'm a woman and not gay, but I'm home and married and happy, I love my gay son ,if no one else does. This might be fiction but it's my family reality, some will support him and some wanted, but the World sees he is loving can be loved and great at doing what he do best give it love. his talent draws even his haters from the past how ironic😁 I know this story is not about my son but it feels that way thank you Mary.

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Heartwarming

This is such a heartwarming story. I sincerely hope there is a second book. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • L
  • 09-29-19

Need more...

I loved every minute!!
More please!!!
I loved all MC’s!!
Narrator is beyond perfect! Of course!!
Writer is beyond perfect! Of course!!
More please!!!!

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  • RJ
  • 09-29-19

Great Story !!

This is a great story about forgiveness and coming home again ! love this story ! easy to get into the story and easy to follow . The narrator did a great job with it. Shows a great example of the battle to forgive and forget . Learning to heal not only himself but helping others to heal as well .

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What a Wonderful Read!

I have already read Stand in Place by Mary Calmes twice on KU and listened twice to its narration by the awesome Greg Boudreaux. This book is one of her best ever and it’s about forgiveness, love, compassion and family, the real kind. Mary Calmes is an exceptional writer, dynamic and ever interesting. Her charme and wicked sense of humor will keep you turning the pages or listening until the very end. Her stunning characters will make you think, cry, laugh a lot and have the time of your life. Don’t miss any of her books - they are all great reads!

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You can't go wrong with Calmes/Boudreaux.

Likeable and engaging charachters. Romantic with a salting of sex, the story is engaging. I like the central characters, specially Grandma Jo.

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I'm so mad that book was over!!!

By far the one of my favorite books of all time! made me think of feelings I havent thought in a long time!

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  • Marianne
  • 10-07-19

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Greg Boudreaux is a fabulous narrator. I choose most of my audio books based on Greg reading them. His voice is amazing and lovely to listen to. Greg puts emotion into all the stories and I just love him.

This was a lovely story and I didn't want it to end

Loved it, Loved it

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  • Violetsunshine
  • 09-26-19

Speachless 😍

I love Mary's books and always get excited when I see a new title from her, but she totally blew me away with this one!
The world building was exquisite, I could clearly see Jo's garden in my head, vivid greens and blues and golds of summer, if I closed my eyes I was sitting on the porch with them feeling the sun on my skin. This is an epic love story, of overcoming overwhelming childhood hurt but written in such a way that you feel little in the way of angst and connect positively with the characters. I loved it, loved it loved.
Greg B was fabulous 😍 he conveys such a range of emotion in the voice for each of the characters without losing the 'feel' of that character. He acts the story, bringing it to life - this is not just about words on a page, I was so sad that this fabulous performance brought to me by these two amazing talented people came to an end. More please! 😘🤗

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