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Leo Ware may be young, but he knows what he wants. And what he wants is Will Highland. Snarky, sophisticated, fiercely opinionated Will Highland, who burst into Leo's unremarkable life like a supernova...and then was gone just as quickly.

For the past miserable year, Leo hasn't been able to stop thinking about the powerful connection he and Will shared. So, when Leo moves to New York for college, he sweeps back into Will's life, hopeful that they can pick up where they left off. What begins as a unique friendship soon burns with chemistry they can't deny...though Will certainly tries.

But Leo longs for more than friendship and hot sex. A romantic to his core, Leo wants passion, love, commitment - everything Will isn't interested in giving. Will thinks romance is a cheesy fairy tale and love is overrated. He likes his space and he's happy with things just the way they are, thank you very much. Or is he? Because as he and Leo get more and more tangled up in each other's lives, Will begins to act like maybe love is something he could feel after all.

©2016 Roan Parrish (P)2017 Roan Parrish

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Best of an amazing series!

This is another situation where I'm basically a mess, and want to grab people and make them read this book. Or, even better, listen to Spencer Goss's narration. This book tore me up when I read it, and listening to it made it even more emotional and amazing.
Will breaks my heart, Leo makes me believe in the ability to allow your heart, and maybe more importantly, ypur mind to accept all the options and possibilities love provides. If I thought Will needed redemption I'd say this proves that love can redeem someone. But, I don't think Will needs to be redeemed. He needs the kind of largely unconditional love that Leo gives him, but he really doesn't change. He just expands his views, and opens his heart, and gives in to loving Leo. He is still the acerbic, tetchy person he was which makes his crazy, romantic, OTT declaration in public at the end all the more meaningful. I'm not sure how this book, which is arguably Leo's, as it is told from his POV, became so much Will's book for me, but it did. I love how much Leo grows, he goes from a sweet, innocent kid with stars in his eyes about not only Will, but also NYC, to someone that is worthy of and capable of accepting who Will (and the city) is.
As to the audio, Spencer Goss is such an amazing narrator. He is one of a very short list of narrators that I will buy anything (even books I don't have any particular interest in) that he narrates because I know the experience is going to be outstanding. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a lot out there yet, but I'm willing to wait.

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Simply stunning narration!

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5 Stars for the narration!

Spencer Goss is definitely on my immediate buy list. The way he uses inflection to convey the emotion of the story, his character voices, his timing, voice over…all of it is simply stunning for someone who’s so new to voice acting, and frankly would be remarkable for a veteran actor.

I adored the audio for this. Goss has a way of taking the almost lyrical quality of Roan Parrish’s writing and elevating it to something that is irresistibly enchanting.

The writing is on par with the other stories in the series, and Parrish certainly delivers the heat (eventually) as well.

But, once again, I find myself wishing for multiple POV and wishing I bought into the relationship side of the story more, which is where my focus was on. The whole coming of age drama, which is most of the story, just didn’t really strike a resounding chord with me. I understand this is ultimately about Leo’s growth. I just didn’t need to read so much about his classes, and friends, and boss, and yoga.

While my overall issues with the story remain, the narration for this was simply fantastic! I think those who love New Adult coming of age stories with a sprinkling of relationship angst, some sexy times, and a HFN that holds a glimmer of possibility for more should definitely check it out.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful Story, Told Beautifully

Gah! This story was as emotional as Out Of Nowhere (also by this author), and I was on the same kind of emotional rollercoaster he sent me on in THAT one. By that I mean the highs and the lows for the main characters were intense and powerful. The narrator has a way of making things both realistic and gut-punchingly affecting. As with the last book in this series, done by this narrator, he made it seem like I was listening to a ten hour long movie, rather than a book.

I highly recommend this audiobook.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Narraror vs Author

First, Spencer Goss.
I dont want to diminish the writer's job, because these stories are amazing, but honestly, rhe narrator BROUGHT THEM TO LIFE! He is incredible! I cannot believe he only has three books on audible, I want more of him! So much more! I would buy the books only to hear him, I swear. He gives each character their voice depending on physical characteristics, age, sex, situations, everything! I LOVE HIM!

Now the story.
I loved the second one better, definitely; that was my favorite.
But this one... this one made me feel like no other. Im such a hopeless romantic that I immediately saw myself in Leo: his thoughts, his feelings, his insecurities, his angst. Everything.
Will was a good character, but not as lovable as the rest of the trilogy not even Colin. There's one thing that even towards the end kept putting me off about him, that's why I decided to give it four stars.
Other than that, the author (and the narrator) again made me fly out of this world and into the story, and thats one of my favorite things about books.

Oh! Just one more thing: I WANT MORE OF THIS SERIES!!!!!!

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Great series, great writing, painfully amazing

This book was hard to listen to. And I mean that in the best way possible. The main character is giving, empathetic, and the love interest isn't. But his thought process is entirely unique in most romances. The way he thinks makes me physically uncomfortable despite I know, logically, what he says can help someone with too much empathy not suffer burnout. This book really wrings your emotions and for me, brought new insight on relationships, societal niceties, and self-awareness. I thought I loved the previous installment the most. Nope. This one.

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  • JoeyOh
  • Southern California
  • 07-14-17

Great Ride

With each chapter getting closer to the end I hated that this story was going to finish be over end. I actually laughed then cried. Relating to the emotional roller coaster this was my favorite of the 3 books. Thank you

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All the stars for Leo!

Okay, I can kind of understand why Where We Left Off isn't getting the same amount of love as the previous books. It is different than the first two. I'm not sure I would even call it a romance since Will spends 80% of the book saying he doesn't want a relationship. I would say this is more of a "coming of age" story for Leo. And I love "coming of age" stories!

And I really really loved Leo! My heart hurt for him over and over again as he pursued Will. I was almost in tears during the first chapter when Will shot him down. Not to mention the Tiramisu Incident. My heart was in pieces. I wasn't sure Will could be redeemed in my eyes after that. Will isn't a very likable guy. I get that he has his reasons for being the way he is, but he really makes it difficult to warm up to him.

I loved Leo's group of friends at NYU. Especially Milton. I was cracking up when he finally met Will.

The narration for the audiobook was incredible. I adore Spencer Goss. I know he doesn't narrate many books, but I'm so glad he stuck with this series. <3 <3 <3

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  • Cyndi
  • Beautiful Michigan
  • 10-14-17

✫✫ 3.5 Stars ✫✫

I wanted to love Leo &amp; Will's book! It was a lot of drama which I don't normally enjoy and Leo was pretty immature. But I needed these two to get their HEA and they did so I love that. This book was hot and sweet and heartbreaking all in one. I loved the characters in book 1 and had expected them to grow by the time book 3 hit but honestly they didn't seem to. I loved that Leo knew what he wanted and Will was such a lost soul I wanted to yell at him to stop leading poor Leo on or man up and admit you love him ;) In the end I was happy with this story and the narration was really good!

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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struggled to finish

First let me say that Roan Parrish is one of my favorite m/m authors and I have loved the other books I've read! The Remaking of Corbin Wale is absolutely gorgeous, and the first one of this series was super (I haven't read the 2nd yet)! But this one left me a little disappointed. I was so excited to hear Leo and Will's story from the little I had gotten to know their characters before, but I felt that most of this book was spent with Leo moping and Will being a kind of boring and cold tsundere character. I didn't feel their chemistry until about 3/4 the way through the book, and it wasn't until the actual last hour of the 10 hour audio that they started to come to some sort of agreement or compromise and actually become a couple. While I think that Will's hard exterior made perfect sense with his history, and the story felt very realistic to me, it didn't make for the most dynamic romance story in my opinion.

Even though Will did open up to Leo over time, and become willing to have a romantic relationship, his character didn't really ever truly open up or catch my interest. We do get to see where the source of his pain and defensiveness come from over time, but we never truly see who he really is or get to experience anything about him that is particularly captivating. I like it that he cares about his sisters kids, but I guess I was wanting to see a little more about him and understand better what it is that makes Leo so obsessed with him. He didn't feel exactly flat to me as a character, but I never felt intrigued by him or felt a spark of excitement to get to know him better. One thing I can say about his character is that he seems very realistic to me and I have met a couple people with very similar interests, behavioral patterns and characteristics. They knew a lot about their fields, were very rigid and arrogant about their opinions, brutally honest, defensive and hardened. I guess that type just doesn't interest me. I know they, including Will, aren't really like that deep inside, but I find their exterior characters very off-putting.

The narrator took some getting used to for me, and I didn't feel the voices were right for the characters. However, he did a good job narrating and putting feeling into things.

Now for my favorite parts: Leo and his friends are all extremely likeable characters, and nothing in this book was super depressing or dark like a lot of m/m books I've read lately that were trying to be realistic and gritty. Leo's character truly grows throughout the book, and he learns to look at things with a more rounded and truthful acceptance, while still being himself.
There are some fun anecdotes and facts in it, and I always love that because it's great to learn things or be exposed to new information/concepts effortlessly while listening to fiction stories. Also, this book has a HEA ending that is very satisfying and flows logically from the nature of the characters in a realistic way, and also brought a smile to my face. Overall, this was a mostly relaxing romance read with some gentle angst, an everyday realistic (but not dark/gritty) feel, some nice college atmosphere, and some fun friend characters, in addition to a solid HEA, which is very important to me in a romance. Despite the things I didn't like, I would recommend this story because of the positive aspects and because it's a nice long listen and a fairly relaxing mm romance.

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  • Todd
  • 10B Whitney Ridge RD Apt 3, Fairport, NY 14450
  • 08-08-18

Fantastic Series - Superb Conclusion

This series of three books were my very first romance novels that I’ve ever read. They are absolutely superb in every way imaginable. The first narrator was so good I searched out other books by him, and with book 2 and three the narrator was equally fantastic. Their voices bring to life characters that you will never forget. They become almost real, and take your mind and fantasy on a trip you won’t forget. What an excellent set of books. Thank you to the author for scripting such wonderful summer stories.

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  • T. Simms
  • 06-01-17

loved it.

loved all 3 books and all the characters. more please. need more from Roan Parrish.

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  • Rayovlight
  • 03-30-17

Another great read.

I didn't want this one to end! A great escape from the day to day run of the mill to get to know these characters!

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  • Jo&Isalovebooks
  • 03-28-17

Simply Breathtaking!

What did you like most about Where We Left Off?

THE START THE MIDDLE AND THE END LOL. I loved everything,

Who was your favorite character and why?

LEO hands down 100%. He is just kind, honest to God happy go lucky person, he sees the best in people, he loves without limits and goes for what he wants.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

God there were so many, probably when Leo flies to see Will and they spend time together. Leo does this big gesture to come to Will's desperate side and you can see Will's defences start to crumble, you can start to understand the mystery he is, the person behind the facade.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me cry, oh God so many times. Leo suffered emotionally so much throughout the story, I think we have all had our share of disappointments and heart aches and I wanted to hug him and tell him all will be well LOL, but also made me angry, Will drove me bonkers!.

Any additional comments?

Spencer Goss. PLEASE NEVER STOP DOING THIS! You were born to act and these characters need you, the reader community needs you. You were MAGNIFICENT!.

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  • BevS
  • 03-24-17

3 out of 3 for Spencer.......

Well, my wish came true and Spencer Goss narrated the audio book. How did he do?? Read on.....

This is going to be a gushing review, so I make my apologies now in case you have need of tissues [or a bucket]. All the stars….and more, in fact even the one called ‘The Shire’….

A really well-written story from Roan, and as seems to be the norm with her work, Spencer puts his heart and soul into the narration…just as he did with Out of Nowhere and Rhys Ford’s Fish Stick Fridays. For me, he has elevated this story from merely really good up a couple of levels to…let’s say sublime or magnificent, as either works in my opinion. Narrated solely from young and impressionable Leo’s POV, wearing his rose-coloured glasses [and come on, who didn’t love Leo??], I freely admit there were several times when my eyes welled up just from listening to the quavering emotion in Spencer’s voice. The pacing, the characterisations….just everything was excellent.

Spencer treats the words given to him by the author with the utmost respect….with as much TLC as if he himself had written them, wringing out every last drop of emotional intensity whether it be anger, sadness or happiness AND as usual, I was totally blown away by his mad narrating skills **fangirling moment**. His narrating is a kind of art form IMHO; he’s just so involved, interested and invested in the story and its characters, he doesn’t appear to treat the narration as just another job…and that care shows, in every word he utters. He doesn’t race through things, he seems methodical [and slow to use his own word], but I’d far rather listen to someone who truly cares about a story than not, and that is why I’ll probably buy everything he narrates within reason [even I have my limits with some authors ;)]….he’s just THAT good!!

I was much kinder to Will’s character in my review of the story than some other readers, and I loved Spencer’s interpretation of him too. Yes, it looked as though Will was supposed to be the story’s token bad guy, and had been sending out mixed signals to Leo [he SO had], BUT he was a private person, in way over his head, and had never truly expected anyone to ‘get’ him in return. Yes, Leo had known from the start that a relationship wasn’t on the cards; Will had warned him and made it perfectly clear that he would carry on with his life in his own way, and Leo had seemed to accept it then….but the heart wants what it wants, and love makes fools of us all at some stage. So yes, even though I ‘got’ Will, I didn’t like the way he did things sometimes. The last chapter however was a revelation and a real ‘light bulb’ moment, and to declare his love for Leo by shouting it loudly [and somewhat angrily it has to be said], witnessed by a small crowd of onlookers in Central Park was poetic justice I thought, and left me with a big smile on my face and tears in my eyes.

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  • Kerr Neville
  • 03-25-17

Not good

Most disappointing intermate sections too much and totally boring a total waste of a credit.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Joycinta
  • 09-19-17

Roan Parrish has lost his faith in Love.

In two letters: P.U.

Welcome to &quot;Where We Left Off&quot; a tale of disillusionment where a handsome, intelligent young man falls for a guy completely void of anything likable.

Story line in three dot points:
* Will tells Leo not to change for others
* Leo proceeds to try and change himself for Will
* Leo and Will both settle for a romance that will satisfy neither.

I spent the whole book hopping that Leo would just dump Will's toxic ass and hook up with Tom.

The real question this book raises is who the hell hurt Roan Parrish so bad that he thought this book was a good idea? Poor bastard lost his faith in love. I can only hope that he finds someone who can bring back the romance for him. xx