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The Tutor

Narrated by: Ruri Carter
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Gothic romance with a twist.

Elements of The Sound of Music, The Enchanted Garden, Jane Eyre, and "true" ghost hunting shows make this story feel familiar. Gay love makes it unique.

Seeing an ad for a position at a Yorkshire estate, typesetter Graham Cowrie decides to make an upward career move by passing himself off as a tutor. How hard can it be to teach a few subjects to a pair of nine-year-old boys? But on his arrival at the ancient house, he finds the staff creepy, the twins odd, and the widowed master temporarily absent.

His first meeting with brooding, stern, but oh-so-attractive Sir Richard doesn't go well, but with no other prospects vying for the teaching position, Graham manages to keep it. His mission soon becomes clear: break down the walls of reserve both father and sons have erected, and attempt to bridge the gap between them.

But strange sounds, sights, and experiences keep Graham on edge until he finally admits the Hall is haunted by two entities with very different agendas. Graham works to appease one and combat the other, while protecting the broken family he's grown to care for.

©2015 Bonnie Dee (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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THE TUTOR IS REALLY CUTE

I mean is a really cute story...☺️ I was very impressed- at first- because there seemed to be so much more to the story than has generally been my experience with this particular genre, where the sexual is the main thrust (so to speak!). But even here, I felt that the sex scenes were WAY too overdone for my taste. TOO graphic, and TOO much. I am not a prude and am not offended by sex scenes, but so much of contemporary writing these days overdoes it to the point where it is no longer titillating but becomes just BORING, BORING, BORING. Also, it seemed a little preachy to me with its politically correct message.

This is why I only gave it three stars. However, there were definitely redeeming factors to this audiobook: I enjoyed listening to the narrator who was quite good. And the story otherwise was pretty good, especially with the young twins.

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A thoroughly enjoyable Gothic tale

This lovely story reminded me why I fell in love with Gothic romance way back when I was a teenager in high school. Granted that was in a different lifetime, but the Gothic romance is still wonderful. We have the unique twist of the "governess" who has fallen on hard times instead being a tutor who fudged on his resume to get the job. But is didn't seem to matter. There was still the poor neglected children who need a firm, but loving hand. The bitterly unhappy "Master" of the manor who glowers and growls and also needs a firm, but loving hand. Things that go bump in the night. Let us not forget the "ghost" in the tower. All the elements of a old fashion Gothic novel are here, and put together very well. A thoroughly enjoyable Gothic tale that any fan of the genre would enjoy.

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Wonderful Gothic Romance

Initially I was put off by the narrator, but it wasn’t long before I was drawn into the story to the point where The voice no longer mattered.

I really enjoyed this story and will totally be looking for more from this author. I generally don’t enjoy children in my leisure reading but the twins were an integral part of the story and very well done. I also really enjoyed the ghosts, and hoped for some sort of afterlife HEA for one of them. I would sooo love for the author to write a short about that!

Ahem, at any rate, I almost passed on this when I listened to the sample, but I’m so glad I gave it a chance. If this seems like the sort of thing you like, then I think you will love it!

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Gothic romance

While gothic and dark in premise & setting, thanks to Graham, our inveterately cheerful narrator, the story is mostly low angst. It moves along at a good clip and kept my interest throughout. I liked that the kids misbehaved. Recommended.

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I spent most of the book wondering if it was a whodunnit mystery (lots of internal references) or a paranormal/ supernatural tale. For those who prefer to know which, and not have that be a source of uncertainty, it’s definitely ghostly hauntings and not a live human behind the bad feelings and weird happenings. But this isn’t confirmed for the reader until the action climax.
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While the story wraps up the romance and isn’t a cliffhanger, I thought the ending was a little abrupt compared to the rest of the book. I want an epilogue to know if Graham ever sells a book, for instance. Still, this wasn’t enough to diminish my enjoyment of inhabiting the space with the characters & I stand by the 5 star review.

Steam: Med-Low. There are a few rounds of M/M sexytimes that make it to page as it is a romance, but it’s pretty mild.

Worldbuilding: victorian gothic inhabited with a more modern and accepting view of psychology, teaching, and the humanity of children and gay people. Which makes it delightful but somewhat obviously not historic. There’s even a reference to a Native American rite along with other holy rituals. So it’s anachronistic in a way that makes it enjoyably goth rather than funereally goth.

Narration: Worked for me. I have little knowledge of regional English accents so I enjoyed when there were different ones without knowing if they were accurate or not. Since it’s one narrator & POV, I never lost track of who was speaking. Good sound quality.

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Gothic romance with a supernatural twist!

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book very much. But boy was I wrong I loved the story, the characters and even the supernatural things happening. I only have a few gripes about the staff being largely forgotten at about half way and most of them (save for two in particular) were almost entirely unhelpful to the story it was really good otherwise!

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scary and romantic

what an exciting story - just the right amount of angst and love in a classic gothic tale of mystery and romance. The narrator did this story proud

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Great read

I liked the premise of the story. Good narration and certain areas evoked humor and smiles.

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Narrator not good

I had to DNF the audible the narrator just didn’t match the story, he sounds like he should narrate history and biographies.

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as it said gothic with a twist indeed.

Very intriguing captivating and suspenseful. I do recommend as a favorable change to the old fashion gothic romance and it is a good romance all the same.

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Nice ghost storie.

Very good storie with a good narrator, is suspenceful and scary at times.
Nice listen and good book.

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Entertaining

A really enjoyable Paranormal tale just perfect. Ghosts and romance who could ask for more close to Halloween!