Sample
  • The Straight Boyfriend

  • Loving You, Book 3
  • By: Renae Kaye
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

Prime logo Prime members: New to Audible?
Get 2 free audiobooks during trial.
Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, and podcasts.
Access exclusive sales and deals.
Premium Plus auto-renews for $14.95/mo after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
The Straight Boyfriend  By  cover art

The Straight Boyfriend

By: Renae Kaye
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Try for $0.00

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $19.95

Buy for $19.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.
activate_primeday_promo_in_buybox_DT

Publisher's summary

Aaron Hall has never been able to remain faithful to a single woman, and for most of his life, he's dated two women at once. Recently his girlfriend tracked him down and knocked on his door - and his live-in girlfriend answered. Now he has no girlfriend and a mortgage he can't pay by himself.

Vinnie Rosello needs to change his life - get a better job, stop drinking all his money away, find himself a serious boyfriend...and move out of his parents' house. Aaron needs help with his expenses, so they become housemates.

Even though Aaron harbors some misconceptions about gay men and Vinnie misses his large Italian family, both men find comfort in their friendship. It's a good arrangement until everything between them changes.

Vinnie falls in love with Aaron, and Aaron is shocked to realize he feels the same. There's only one problem - he's still straight. He'll have to overcome his fear of labels in order to love the man who's captured his heart.

©2016 Renae Kaye (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

What listeners say about The Straight Boyfriend

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    90
  • 4 Stars
    31
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    2
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    93
  • 4 Stars
    24
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    82
  • 4 Stars
    29
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Was an awesome and amazing story!

Highly recommend to anyone that likes a great and wonderful love story! The best gay love story i have heard so far in my life!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Narration is lovely

Joel Leslie does a great job with the character voices (and, oh! how I love his Jamie and Vinnie voices!), pacing and timing.

I picked up the audio because I genuinely enjoy Joel Leslie, particularly his Australian accents, so even though when I had read the story I had been frustrated I thought maybe listening would have a different impact.

If anything the narration brings the bi-erasure that drove me crazy even more starkly to notice.

So while I can be objective and say the narration was wonderful, as expected, the story itself was almost more maddening to me via audio than reading.

There was an opportunity here to be inclusive. To give voice to a very marginalized, often persecuted, group...and it wasn't taken. Not only wasn't it taken, but I felt like the story took every opportunity to shut bisexuality down as hard as it possibly could be at every mention. And that's disheartening.

If you can completely ignore the bi-erasure there's a lot of warmth and love in this book. The friendship between Liam and Aaron is very sweet, the interactions between Vinnie and Aaron are, for the most part, lovely, and it's a fun, cute read with likable characters, low angst, lots of sweetness, and a wonderful HEA.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

OMG

I loved this book so much. I felt like I was in the book.
Treat yourself and listen to it. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent Love Story

I loved the depth of the characters, The details in every chapter. This author may be my favorite.!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Very cute

Cute storyline. I love gay for you books 😉. Joel once again does a great job with the narrating!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Great narrator but not a great romance~~spoilers~~

Warning there are possible spoilers in this review. This book made me uncomfortable. Let me begin by saying I love m/m romances. They are by far my favorite genre and at least half of what I read is m/m stories. I also enjoy the GFY theme. That being said I was uncomfortable during this entire book. Til the very very end, Aaron keeps telling Vinnie that he is straight, that he's not gay. This is reiterated over and over many many times throughout the course of the story. Aaron is not gay, he likes and dates girls. Yet Vinnie decides he is in love with his straight roommate Aaron and passive/aggressively manipulates the situation over and over to herd Aaron into intimate situations. He gradually breaks down Aarons protests and defenses, creating increasingly intimate encounters. I don't like giving poor reviews, but this whole story had me thinking less romance and more relentless sexual harassment with a stockholm syndrome ending.
IE..."no, no this is not what I want....no wait....oh yes I think I do love you" There was also no mention of possible bisexuality as a rational for the romance which could have put a completely different spin on the attraction and making the story much more believeable.
I have read most of Renae Kayes books, love her style and love the splendid assortment of oddball quirky, loveable characters she creates within the LGBT genre. Her western Australia settings are great fun. But this books overall character development overshadowed the setting and also the fun of revisiting the guys from previous novels.
The narrator Joel Leslie was superb as always, he's a terrific speaker.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

5 people found this helpful