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Streets Apart: Hearts Apart

Narrated by: Piers Ryman
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

I’m Aaron. I’ve got a crush the size of Europe on Joe, who lives across the street, and when he’s around, I transform into a prize idiot. The rest of the time, I’m a trainee plumber. On Sundays, I play in the amateur football league. In all, I'm a confident, well-adjusted guy - for a 20-year-old virgin who lives with his parents and falls apart over the boy not quite next door.

Joe’s cute, sexy, fun, and the reason the word sexy was invented. We used to play together as kids in the massive posh house he lives in with his parents, the doctors. Now, he’s at university, studying literature. How do I ask a guy for a date when I can’t string together a coherent sentence when he’s around and I don’t even know if he’s gay? And what’s more, no one knows I’m gay.

Who keeps their boyfriend in the closet these days? I want the world to know how much he means to me. I’m going to come out, but not today; I can do it next week.

This is a hot, sexy feel-good romance about two young men who fall in love for the first time. They are crazy about each other and do lots of kissing, hand-holding, and taking their clothes off.

©2018 H J Perry (P)2019 H J Perry

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A sweet love story

Piers Ryman has the perfect voice for Aren, the plumber, and does a good job of voicing the other characters differently. The growing love between Aren and Joe is written tenderly and beautifully.

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Sweet and funny love story

Narrated from a first point of view of Aaron, this is the sweet story of how Aaron gets together with his childhood friend and forever crush, Joe. Aaron and Joe live in the same neighborhood, but Aaron is a closeted working class boy, going for his plumbing certification, while Joe's family is far more affluent, with doctors for parents, and Joe is out and works with LGBTQ youth. It is a fun story with a beautiful narration. Aaron is sweet, funny, somewhat naive, and is deeply in love with his Joe, and their relationship is very tender and humorous. There's some angst, with Aaron's struggling to come out to his family friends and coworkers, but there's a lovely happy ending. It is enjoyable and cheerful, and the narrator performs very well. Aaron's accent is a pleasure to hear, and the characters are distinctive.

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Great!

Really enjoyed this one from HJ Perry! I thought the characters were well developed and the plot was fun. I loved the narrator as he was new to me and I will be looking for more books from him in the future!

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the story was nice but

it was a very nice story but the narrator was a little bit off in my opinion a little bit too mechanic sometimes I couldn't know who was speaking and it was a little bit frustrating but the story is very good and very nice the couple are adorable and overall it's a great story

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Would’ve liked more story and less sex

The overall story was, for me, only okay. Neither here nor there, just a lot of sex and repetition between the characters. Aaron’s inner dialogue felt like a rambling stream of sex, boyfriend, sex, omg sexy and boyfriend, with very little else, and the dialogue between Joe and Aaron, while innocent in that friend-to-lovers kind of way, didn’t come across as entirely realistic. At times, I felt like I was hearing Piers Ryman’s voice but not quite hearing the words; like I knew he was talking but all I was hearing was the sound of his voice and not the actual story, which was a bit upsetting that I wasn’t able to keep my focus entirely on the book. Overall, it was a good performance and a decent friends-to-lovers story, but it lacked a maturity to it.

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Sweet story, authentic narration

It’s a lovely coming out story, authentic read, and a believable protagonist—-all served hot and steamy.

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Cute ❤️

Streets apart is a friends to lovers romance. Aaron and joe grew up together. Aaron is in the closet, he’s always had a huge crush on joe but never knew how to handle it. Eventually joe and Aaron get together. They have there ups and downs, and Aaron really struggles to come out. Aaron has a lot of hang ups, but ultimately love wins. I really enjoyed streets apart. It had all the feels I love in romance books. It was also very 🔥. This was my first book narrator by Piers Ryman. I really like his accent. I would definitely recommend this book.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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A sweet romance

This is a sweet romance between two young men who grew up living across the street from each other. One comes from a hard working, blue collar family of plumbers, while the other comes from a family of doctors.

While the boys played together when they were younger, for the last couple of years, they have only admired each other from afar. They did not attend the same school, so they don't have much reason to interact.

Aaron is an apprentice to a plumber, on his way to a good job. Joe has gone against his family's wishes for medical school, and is studying to become a teacher. When their paths cross, Joe calls Aaron out for checking him out; but Aaron didn't know anyone could tell he was gay. He's never come out to anyone.

As their relationship grows, so does the pressure for Aaron to come out; a good part of that from Aaron himself. Things go better than expected, but his father takes a little longer to adjust. But, once he does, he accepts the couple as just one of his boys having a significant other. This leads to all kinds of excitement, and an unproven could-be disaster for Aaron's future.

But, all jealousies and prejudices are set aside as the couple finds their HEA/HFN.

This is a new narrator for me, but I enjoyed listening to the performance. His characters are well differentiated and the words flowed smoothly.

Happy listening!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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A good friends to lovers and coming out story.

Streets Apart was the first book I read by H. J. Perry back in February 2016. I've now been able to experience it all over again by listening to the audiobook.

The story was a very enjoyable one – it was the first I'd read by Ms. Perry – and there were lots of HOT scenes with Aaron and Joe. It's a good friends-to-lovers story – Aaron and Joe played together as children but they grew apart as they got older. A chance meeting sets things in motion for the two of them to get together. It's also a sweet New Adult coming out story. Joe is out as gay but Aaron is just coming around to admitting his sexuality and this causes a few bumps in their relationship.

The author is English so there are some terms and references throughout the story that I wasn't familiar with when I first read it (I've since read many, many books by British authors), but this didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the story one bit. Every time that “football” was mentioned I had to remind myself that they were talking about what we Americans call soccer. This wasn’t a bad thing, I only mention it because I had to smile to myself as I read and tell my brain to understand football as soccer.

While I might not be familiar with all of the terms (some I suspect were slang) I was able to get the gist of what the author was trying to get across. There were funny moments in the book, too, as Aaron (a virgin) found his way while he and Joe explored their budding relationship.

As has often happened for me, the audiobook of Streets Apart: Hearts Apart increased my enjoyment of the story from when I first read it. It's the first book I've listened to by Piers Ryman and the first one where the narrator uses a pretty heavy British accent. I don't know the proper term for the regional accent used but many of the characters in this story were plumbers and construction workers and I expect that might be why the accent is the way it is. It took me a bit to get used to it but I soon began to enjoy his narration.

A complementary copy of this audiobook was provided by the author but my review was voluntary.

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Sweet Coming out story

This actually is a sweet coming out story. I wanted to love it. I normally try to avoid writings from British novelist because I tend to enjoy clear cut HEA. Like a lot of British movies, this book was similar as the ending was like we are kind of happy but who knows.

The book is well written and the characters seem to be well developed. I am a big fan of M/M romance. I just could not feel connected to either of the characters in this book. I am listening to another one of his stories and am hoping for more of a connection.

I do recommend this story if you like a slow burn and YA gay romance.

I requested this book and was given it for free for my unbiased review.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 04-07-19

Sweet, young love

I enjoyed the story about 2 young men, neighbours/friends who find themselves starting a relationship. One is a plumbers apprentice (Aaron) and not out, the other a uni student and out (Joe). Their story of navigating the issues with class/social differences, coming out to friends and family (Aaron) is told with humour, sweetness and a bit of angst. Really nice story.
Piers Ryman is new to me and I really enjoyed his narration for the most part. There were a few times that there was very little inflection when a character was a bit emotional, but overall, I really enjoyed the his pacing and subtle accents for the MCs.

I was given this free review audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.