The Easy Way

The Way Home, Book 1
Narrated by: Michael Dean
Series: The Way Home, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.5 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)

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Camden Seaver had it easy - a loving family, plenty of money, and the freedom to follow his dreams while his older brother, Sebastian, took charge of the family business. But when a tragic plane crash killed his parents, all the responsibilities he never wanted landed firmly on his shoulders. Now saddled with his crazy, grief-stricken brother and his dad’s multimillion dollar company, Cam doesn’t trust in dreams anymore. He’s forgotten what “easy” feels like.

FBI Agent Kendrick “Cort” Cortland learned the hard way that he couldn’t depend on anyone but himself. Before joining the FBI, the one constant in his life was his foster brother, Damon - and then Damon disappeared. Now, Cort is determined to find his brother and to bring down the man responsible for ruining Damon’s life, Sebastian Seaver. He’s got nothing left to lose.

When Cort’s investigation leads him to Seaver Tech...and Camden Seaver...what started as a quest for revenge and a one-night deception quickly turns into far more than either man bargained for. But how can either man trust in something that seems so easy? As long-held secrets are revealed, the attraction between Cam and Cort becomes combustible - an undeniable love that will either make or destroy them. Will Cam and Cort let their conflicting loyalties drive them apart? Or will they decide that sometimes love is the easy way?

©2017 May Archer (P)2020 May Archer

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Hot AF. Light-hearted. Uncomplicated.

I enjoyed listening to this fast paced, whodunit mystery, insta-lust, insta-love, feel good, MM romance with a HFN/HEA ending. I particularly liked the snarky banter and tongue in cheek dialogues. And even , when I figured out , right away, who was/were villain/villains , of the story, it still kept my attention until the end.

Hotness index: High
Sweetness meter: High
Angst levels: Low
Drama levels: Medium low
Will re-listen: Probably yes
Recommend: Yes

Michael Dean narration was engaging , entertaining and exuberant. His portrayal of Cam and Cort was on point.

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A fabulous story!

Oh, I really liked this story! The storyline is fantastic, the mystery about the plane accident is so very well done!

I love the way the relationship between Camden and Cort evolves, slowly, going back and forth due the secrets Cort is keeping until he is unable to sustain the silence and all the truth comes out in the open.

They are both complex, interesting characters. You might want to scream at them from time to time but can't help to understand why they are acting as they do. And the fraternal love between Cort and Damon and Camden and Baz is a great motivation and point of understanding between them.

The dynamic between the two MC is also great. I love that they are in equal footing, and how to show vulnerability and trust each other is a conscient decision.

I'm looking forward to the next books in this series.

Michael Dean does a better job here than in other books that I had listen with him as narrator, but I still think he is over the top in some scenes, particularly when portraying strong emotions.

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AMAZING!!

WOW!! What an absolutely spectacular story and an unbelievable performance by Michael Dean. Cam and Court are so incredibly hot together right from the start. I love watching their relationship grow and flourish as they unravel all the secrets not just between them but also all around them. Their back-and-forth banter is great and I really enjoyed it all throughout the story. It’s a great start to a new series and I can’t wait for the rest of the series to come out in audio and hopefully with the same narrator. The narrator did an absolutely amazing performance of all the characters and interpreting the story itself. I could not stop listening to this one and stayed up much later than I should have to make sure I finish this one but it was soooo worth it! I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audiobook.

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Easy Like Sunday Morning!

I've read the book before and most of the books I've read, the audio version makes everything better.
The story becomes enhanced by Michael's narration. The banter more alive. The mystery more riveting. And the steam!! HOT!
The chemistry more palpable even if there were some secrets. All in all, an enjoyable listen.

**thanks to GRR for the opportunity to listen and provide an honest review**

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Kinda fizzles out towards the end but still a good listen

This was so good in the beginning. “Accidentally falling in love with your mark” stories are my jam. But in the end it was kind of a letdown for me. Narration was on point though👌🏻

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The not so easy way

This was good,I'm actually listening to the second one now. Cort might have went after cam with one intention, but it ended so much better than what he meant to do. Perfect story and narration.

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Very good

Loved this one from May Archer and narrated by Michael Dean. I found the main characters to be fun and engaging..though a little predictable. Lovely job narrating with Michael Dean!

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And the agent captured my heart in one swoop


Sweet and sexy with a dash of mystery! My favorite kind of combo. I have read May Archer’s small town romances and loved them so this is a very pleasant, new read from her.

Kendrick aka Cort has serious trust issues. Being brought up on the foster system will surely mess with your ability to trust and rely on people. Damon was only one in his life he trusted and could count on and now the man is gone. And it’s time to pay back and revenge for his brother. And Cam has been living an easy and stress-free life but well .. not anymore. Both of his parents were killed in a tragic plane crash and his elder brother going crazy from this inconsolable grief, the matter of handling the multimillion company has fallen onto the shoulders of Cam. Cort and Cam, two men with two different agendas but have the same goal of finding out the truth behind the plane crash accident, the sparks are flying!

The UST was sizzling and the romance sexy and honest. I was worried that this would be too angsty but it was handled really well. Both men have no reason to trust each other but they followed their hearts and it paid off. It was fun, sexy, thrilling and romantic. I loved it. I’m looking forward to more books in the series.


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3.5 stars- Intriguing storyline and lots of heat

I’ll admit The Easy Way proved to be fairly different than what I expected going in. I’ve enjoyed this author’s works, like the narrator, and really like suspense driven romances so I thought this would be a win in a big way. While The Easy Way had plenty of good going for it- large doses of heat, good flow, interesting characters, and an intriguing storyline, it took me a long while to get into the story.

I think the characters came off a little cheesy at first, something which waned for a while, then reappeared a bit at the end. I liked Cort and Cam in general terms, but they both played to their role and they felt a little too scripted rather than relatable, “real” men. Despite these two having overwhelming physical chemistry, I thought things moved blazingly fast and I didn’t get much of the steady emotional development and push/pull that I prefer. Insta-love always throws me off, and that was very much the baseline for The Easy Way, and frankly it left me rolling my eyes a bit.


Happily, that did change as the suspense ramped up, and I found myself increasingly invested in the outcome, and still wondering about the secondary characters a day later. The writing in The Easy Way was steady with enjoyable banter between characters and, though rushed, a good amount of character and relationship development. For the most part, I enjoyed the narrator’s performance as well. Though his dramatized delivery of the sex scenes made me cringe sometimes, his voice and rhythm makes for a good, easy listen.

Overall, I’d say The Easy Way had its ups and downs but would be a good bet for many listeners/readers. The good storyline, solid characters, and upbeat dialogue was dampened a bit by insta-love and dramatized reactions, but I’d recommend this title to people who like suspense but aren’t looking for a lot of angst along the way.

*ACX promo code received via Gay Romance Reviews. The PA and author had no influence over this review*


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Not my favorite from this author

This was an entertaining story, but I kept being pulled out of the story by the things that Cort did that made me think he must not have been a very good FBI agent. I don't think I would have been as forgiving of him as quickly as Cam was. I also didn't always like Cam's choices and actions. But, overall, I did find the story interesting.
The narrator did a very good job. I especially liked his portrayal of Cort.

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  • Lisa Hughes
  • 05-17-20

Great FBI action adventure

Independent reviewer for Gay Romance Reviews
I love the Way Home series so I was delighted to get this ARC. Great story with plenty to keep my entertained. The romance was sweet and snarky and the action was full on from page 1.
Michael Dean was awesome as always.

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 04-10-20

Island of adventure

Michael Dean is one of my top favourite narrators, so this was a good choice for me as he does such a wonderful job of bringing the guys to life.
In this new series (Way Home), May Archer launches the story with a bang! I loved this story of missing/presumed dead brother, FBI investigations and a grieving CEO whose brother is acting strangely and isolating himself in the wake of their parents' death in a plane crash a year earlier. I love how Camden falls for the FBI agent before he knows who he really is, and it's a tale of second and third and fourth? chances to woo the sweet guy our serious FBI hero has unexpectedly fallen for. Highly recommended for all lovers of Action, adventure, and some sweet MM romance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-20

A Story Of Trust And Betrayal!

This is the first book in The Way Home Series. What an engrossing book the writing was great. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters likeable. The characters were well developed and thought out. Cam and Cort are the MC’s of this book. There was humor, betrayal, brothers, a business, FBI, blackmail, a hotel pool, a private island, a plane crash, grief and so much more in this book. I loved the text conversations between Cam and Cort they are great. The narration was good it wasn’t monotone and had good follow.

Here is a quote from the book, “Cort remembered why he’d brought Cam up her in the first place. “ You wanna see something cool?” he asked. Cam raised one eyebrow. “Is this the part where you pull off your underwear?” Cort laughed again – God, when was the last time he’d laughed so much? “Dude, when I pull them off, you’ll be saying something a lot better than cool.” Cam snorted. “It’s another piece of random trivia for you to add to your stash. Watch, “Cort said. Then he dived under the water and screamed, sending all the air in his lungs rushing to the surface in a cloud of bubbles.”. There is more but you will need to read the book which I can highly recommend. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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  • Cassi
  • 04-02-20

Great romance and great story

Love a good FBI book and this one while a little less involved than others was stilll very enjoyable for me. The connection between Cam and Court was kinda instalove but it worked for me in the end. Michael Dean is always a pleasure to listen to!

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  • Rebekah
  • 04-01-20

Enjoyed

I enjoyed the chemistry between Cam and Court especially when Court felt bad for using Cam. They both had things that they had to sort out. Brill narrator.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 03-30-20

Awesome

I really enjoyed this audiobook.
It was a very entertaining story.
I can't wait to listen to more of this series.

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  • Victoria Green
  • 03-30-20

A good mystery/FBI romamce

A good solid story with good solid narration. The book was pacey and exciting, and the tension built up nicely both between the main characters and with the 'who dun it' element of the story. I felt like the big confrontation at the end of the book resolved a bit quickly and I think Cam let Court off the hook pretty easily. But these are minor points. Overall a good book and I would listen to more in the future.

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  • Trio
  • 03-28-20

Exciting & A Fabulous Romance, MD Is Wonderful!

What a fantastic story! The Easy Way is my first experience with May Archer’s fantastic writing, and I’m thoroughly impressed. I can hardly wait for the release of the audio version of the next book in The Way Home series!

Ms. Archer has perfected the ratio of action/romance/angst, and this novel simply flys by. The characters are unique and interesting, there’s fantastic chemistry between the main guys, and holy, hot, damn but May Archer writes a wonderful love scene!

Michael Dean does a fantastic job with The Easy Way. I think he performs the *erm* romantic moments better than any narrator out there, and May Archer’s beautifully written love scenes are his forté.

Exciting, romantic, erotic, and occasionally even delightfully humorous, I highly recommend this one.

an audiobook copy of The Easy Way was provided to me for the purpose of my honest review

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  • Headinabook
  • 03-23-20

Enjoyable

This book was my first by this author, its so good, the narration by Michael Dean was spot on. Cort totally stole my heart and Cam was so sweet to keep trusting Cort. The story itself was gripping and clever. Discovering the identity of the antagonist was easy, the story interesting enough that it didn’t matter. Definitely a must read/listen and I'll be looking for more by this author

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  • alias11
  • 03-21-20

Very enjoyable listen

I really enjoyed this listen. Cort and Cam are both so easy to love. I loved the conflict they faced between loving the *enemy* and family loyalty. They were both stubborn in their own way and had their demons. They had to learn to trust themselves and each other. The story was sweet and hot and sometimes funny. I loved it, but I did still have some questions: Why the betrayal? How did the betrayer benefit from the deaths? What happened to the other parties in the end? I felt there were some loose ends with some of the side characters that weren't tied off for me. Still good overall.

The narration was great. Mr. Dean is one of my favorite narrators.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.