Step by Step

Narrated by: Conner Goff
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: LGBT, LGBT Studies
4.4 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jamie's life is one big financial mess, and it really isn't his fault. However, the last thing he expected to find in the library was a Good Samaritan. He might have been suspicious of Guy's motives at first, but it soon becomes apparent that his savior is a good man who has been lucky in life and is looking to pay it forward. Guy being gay is not a problem. Jamie's not interested...or so he thinks.

Guy is happy to help Jamie, and the two men get along fine. But when Jamie's curiosity leads him from one thing to another, Guy finds himself looking at the young man with new eyes. What started out as a hand up is now something completely different....

©2017 K.C. Wells (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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This is probably my favorite K.C. Wells story, and new to me narrator, Conner Goff, did a good job with the narration, without doing anything to particularly stand out or detract from the story itself.

This is such a sweet, low angst, lovely little story that starts off with almost a fairytale-like premise, but just keeps evolving into a gorgeous, loving romance.

Guy once had a benefactor who got him through some really tough times, and when he hears Jamie's plight he decides to "pay it forward" and do the same for Jamie.

There was a lot I loved about this story, from the dual POV of both Jamie and Guy, to seeing Jamie come to terms with his growing attraction to Guy, to the fact the age gap wasn't really (for them) a factor. And the sex is scorching hot! Like, mega, melt-your-panties HOT.

Side note: I know some people don't really like a May/December type romance, but their ages really aren't a big deal here. They are two adults who gravitate to one another and complete each other so well. So, if you're thinking of skipping because of the age thing - I'd highly recommend you rethink that.

I really liked that not everything was sunshine and roses (Guy has some real pieces of work for a son, ex-wife, and ex-boyfriend), but it was handled so it enhanced the story rather than took anything away. How refreshing!

I did wish I'd gotten a better idea of what Guy was doing in the library to begin with, and that Jamie's "coming out" had been on page, but the story isn't really affected by either thing not being shown.

Goff uses distinctive character voices, has good timing and pacing, and made this an enjoyable listen. In the end, I had a great time and I know I'll be back to read it again.

For the sticklers: Some of the POV changes were not readily apparent in the audio, and some words were pronounced a bit oddly for me, but most struck me as an alternate way to say the word rather than a mispronunciation.

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Jaime & Guy

As always K.C. Wells has written an amazing story about 2 guys falling in love. I loved Guy and the way he helps out Jaime and never asks for anything in return. The performance by Conner Goff is so good!!

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Loved !

I love this audiobook! This is the first time I have heard this narrator and I was very impressed! The book is fabulous and listening to it is just awesome! Very well done!

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Loved this!

I adored this book when I read it years ago and listening to it now reminded me just how much. This was just such a nice, refreshing slow burn romance with two mature and straightforward MCs, I loved it so much! Jamie is a struggling student, just trying to get by one day at a time, having money challenges and a few days away from being evicted from his apartment. Enter Guy, 17 years his senior, a complete stranger, and offering Jamie a way out of his troubles...with no strings attached, just to pay it forward for a kindness done to him years prior. What follows is a wonderful slow burn romance, sexual awakwnig, age-gap romance that starts as strangers, moves to friends and then so much more. Jamie identifies as straight, Guy as gay. But their connection is strong and they slowly develop feelings for each other and Guy awakens something in Jamie that he wants to explore. And explore they do. Once they finally get together this book is so hot and steamy! But at the core of their relationship, and all their steamy times in the bedroom, is such a wonderfully romantic and intimate connection. This book was just so good!!! This was my first time listening to a book by this narrator. Admittedly I was not sure he worked for me at the beginning, but I am glad I stuck with him because in the end I really enjoyed his narration of this book! He had distinct and separate voices for Guy and Jamie, I never wondered who was speaking. But what I really liked the most about how he narrated this book was his attention to all of the authors written cues and how he brought them to life...he whispered when the story called for it, sighed when it said so, laughed at the right times...and the way he narrated the intimacy and sexy times between Jamie and Guy really made my heart flutter. He did a great job and I would listen to him again for sure!

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Love it.

I absolutely love this book. So sweet and hot and still very real. Even if the main char is a millionaire. And this narrator was new to me. But his amazing voice and excellent work made this book just that much better.

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Just put one foot in front of the other.

Broken down and desperate, Jamie grabs hold of the lifeline that a stranger in the library offers with both hands. After the fact he learns that Guy truly is a great guy, for lack of a better word, that was once in Jamie's shoes and is looking to repay the kindness he was showed to another. As days become weeks, then months, their relationship continues to evolve until Jamie is looking a Guy through new eyes. And Guy is more than happy to take their relationship to the next level... one step at a time.

If you're reading the synopsis and thinking this is a 'gay for you' story, you'd be wrong. As the story progresses and you get to know both characters you realize right along with Jamie that he was never as straight as he thought. Girls never really flipped his switch, but Guy does. I loved the patience and stability Guy offered Jamie, that they took on each new day and approached their budding relationship as friends and, eventually, more. Jamie was like a newborn chick early on, no clue what he was doing. The only thing he knew without a doubt is how right it felt to be with Guy.

This was my first book voice by Conner Goff and I'll definitely be looking for more by him. He did really well giving each character their own voice and distinct tone so that I was never confused as to who was talking.

Slightly sexy, even romantic, Step by Step is a must listen.

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Hummm

Well this one was not my cup of tea, but it was ok.
I do love the older top younger bottom, it could have been better.

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  • 07-05-18

Enjoyable

Great narration to go with a wonderful story, which I will listen to time and again.

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Blurgh - really struggled to finish it

This was a real disappointment. I’ve been spoiled with all the good gay literature out there and this one fell horribly flat. Contrived predictable story and badly developed and executed. It seems like it’s been written by someone who badly wants to be an author, but their skills simply don’t match up to it. The only reason I finished it is because I prefer to ensure I’ve given a book a chance (unfortunately they end up being hours you NEVER get back). I find it frustrating that (especially with gay lit) people are eager to give 4/5 stars for everything. It means it’s really difficult to pick out the actually good books. I have to hunt through Goodreads reviews and find that if the rating on there is less than 4 then really consider if it’s worth spending a credit on Audible. No matter the genre I expect books to be engaging and make me buy into the characters and story - I don’t know why high standards should drop just because it’s gay literature. It does a disservice to the really good authors out there who write great books that should be celebrated. I’ve made a vow to myself from now on to make sure I write reviews now that the Audible app has made it easier to do so. Can’t complain about people’s rubbish rating standards if I don’t balance it out with my own reviews after all! Not sure if it was the narrator or editing, but the timing and gaps were off between sections so they roll together and it takes you a moment to realise that the scene has changed and it’s not a continuation from the previous sentence.