Transformation

The Merman, Book 1
Narrated by: Chris Patton
Series: The Merman, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
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M/M gay merman romance

Gabriel Braven is destined for a great love, but he does not believe it.

His parents had a storybook romance…until a freak ocean storm robbed them of their lives and left him alone to be raised by his grandmother. With their deaths, Gabriel’s adoration for the sea turned to fear, and his belief in happy-ever-afters turned to dust. Gabriel vowed to never set foot in the ocean again and to never believe in love.

Gabriel kept that promise until after his junior year of college, when he and his best friend, Corey, return to the ocean-side town where he lost his parents in order to help his grandmother. Gabriel’s bitter fear of the water has only grown, along with his belief that it is his destiny to be forever alone.

Corey is determined to prove Gabriel wrong. It is his mission that summer for Gabriel to find love on the beach…and maybe do some swimming, too. Gabriel will settle for simply not reliving his parents’ deaths every time he hears the rush and shush of the waves.

Both may get their wish as Gabriel discovers the hidden past of the Bravens and the sea sends someone amazing to his aid.

Book 2 coming soon!

©2014 Raythe Reign Publishing (P)2014 Raythe Reign Publishing

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Short, Sexy and Steamy!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would. It's short, sexy and steamy but also well written.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gabriel of course. I love how his mind and body are at war with one another, can't wait to see who wins that fight.

Have you listened to any of Chris Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't but I will listen to his work again.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was and I did.

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​When Gabriel Braven was just nine years old, he lost both his parents in a boating accident. A young, carefree boy that lived in the water became insanely frightened of it from that point on. Now he's twenty one, graduating college and finally moving back home to the beach that claimed his parents lives. The closer Gabe and his best friend Corey get to the beach the stronger to pull is, the voice that calls Gabriel to the water. As afraid of the ocean as he is, he can't deny how calming the water feels when he's in it. He's also having very vivid dreams of an exotic man that calls to Gabriel's soul, loves him in ways Gabriel has never known and promises Gabe that he will never be alone.

After the accident that took Gabriel's parents, he's become a little cynical, he no longer believes in happiness or love, and he definitely doesn't swim. He is forced into the water to save a couple from drowning and his body literally comes alive under the waves. There there is the dream that is so vivid, so realistic, that Gabriel cannot stop thinking about the gorgeous man that took him in his sleep. Soon Gabriel realizes the water and the man are strongly linked as they are both linked to Gabriel. While Gabriel's body wants nothing more than to disappear into the depths of the ocean with his savior, his mind has other plans, the cynic in him refuses. But time on land is in short supply for Gabe, and the sooner he comes to terms with his destiny, the better.

My three favorite colors... short, sexy and steamy. An erotic little tale of a boy that runs from his destiny only to be drawn back to the place he belongs by circumstance and his subconscious. ​The writing in this story was insane! The way Aratare used words and phrases, the world that was created for Gabriel, always knowing exactly what he was feeling because the author expertly conveyed every emotion. I wasn't sure about the narrator for the first few minutes but then Patton found his footing and the story really took off from there. Gabriel is young, insecure and emotionally scarred because of his parents death. His mind and body are at war with each other when it comes to the water and Patton made sure the listener always knew exactly how young Gabe was feeling. And then the man's quiet but forceful nature that was explored with a sort of monotone but melodic voice, it was perfect for his character.

I'm excited to see where this series takes Gabriel. Will he learn to trust the man? Will he embrace his obvious destiny? I guess we will find out in the coming books. Definitely a must read for anyone that has a fascination with mermen or Paranormal Romance stories.

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Book Review for books 1-3

Awesome!

Book 1: Great story about a boy who hates water because of a tragic accident that kill his parents... but somehow he becomes different from that experience.

Book 2: Great continuation.... now we are finding out what is happening to Gabriel... but the professor.... dude... what is up with him?

Book 3: AWESOME!!! Finally we get some back information about Gabriel, the Mers and the settlement... But that Cliffhanger ending... C'mom.... when is Gabriel going down in the sea and meet his family down there? Seriously...

I hope there is only one more book.. because I am ready to meet the Mers!!!

Great narration... Awesome buy, credit or sale for all three books!

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Lovely

The story takes u threw hardtack to understanding to longing to just pure magical tid bits of a wonder of magical love

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Another winner by X. Aratare

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would. Who wouldn' like a story about the mermen so what if it's BL?The adventure alone is worth it.

What other book might you compare Transformation to and why?

It's as exciting as any supernatural story I've read.

Have you listened to any of Chris Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think so but I love his rendition of the many voices.

Who was the most memorable character of Transformation and why?

Mom & Dad, there love for themselves and their son & their struggle for life.

Any additional comments?

You'll know what I mean when you here this story :)

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Short but so GOOD!

Holy fuuuu-!

I LOVED this book! This was on my TBR for ages, and now I just wanted something short so I bought the audiobook and started it. I never in a million years thought that it would be this awesome!
I listened to it 2 times and read it once! In one afternoon! I'm addicted! Both for the narrator's voice and for the story!

It has only one probleme, the shortness of it. But happily, I have the whole box set of this series, so now I only have to find time to it. I'm a little sad that the rest isn't on audible.

The story was awesome, I liked Gabriel and Casillus and the end awww. Can't wait to find out what happens next! This story just so good, like it was written for me.

Highly recommend it!

And now I need to find more from this narrator, because damn, that voice!

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Good start! Way too abrupt an “ending!”

Great start to a mer story. Fantastic narration. But...this stopped as soon as it started to get going. I know there is a second book, but this one, by itself doesn’t complete a story arc.

Also, some of the dialogue seemed a bit forced and I had a weird time fully accepting the characterization of his best friend in a Santa Claus trope.

This engaged me enough to want to continue on with the series!

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Fun Start to a Merman Tale

I was in the mood for some merman fun and this one suits perfectly. Plus the added bonus of Chris Patton narrating? Win/win.
on to Acceptance!

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The ocean reveals

This book was quite different from what I usually read. It was good and interesting.

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Hard to rate a story when you didn't get enough.

This isn't even a HFN. It needs to be advertised as a to be continued series. I can't rate the story because it ended in a mini cliffhanger. I am going to continue listening tkk the series but only because it's included in my package, if I had to pay for each installment, I wouldn't continue, too disappointed.

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A truly magical listen!

A wonderful tale of mystery, longing, of self-discovery and of finding a place to belong. The writing is beautiful; Gabriel is a character I can easily believe in and relate to, and the narrator does an excellent job with the characters' voices. He makes everyone, including the female characters, sound so distinct that at times I forgot I was listening to just one voice. I'm delighted to have discovered this series, and will definitely check out X. Aratare's other books.