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You Never Know

Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
4.5 out of 5 stars (270 ratings)

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Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He's going to live in his hometown, be everybody's friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war. No muss, no fuss is the plan. He's well on his way - until he finds out his first love has come home too. Hagen says it's no big deal, but a chance encounter with Mitch Thayer's two cute sons puts him directly in the path of the only guy he's never gotten out of his head.

Mitch returned for three reasons: to raise his sons where he grew up, to move his furniture business and encourage it to thrive, and to win Hagen back. Years away made it perfectly clear the young man he loved in high school is the only one for him. The problem? He left town and they have not talked since.

If Hagen's going to trust him again, Mitch needs to show him how he's grown up and isn't going to let go. They could have a new chance at love...but Hagen is insistent he's not reviving a relationship with Mitch. Then again, you never know.

©2017 Mary Calmes (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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toxic bull****

no means no, not ignore me carry on. The whole relationship is unhealthy, to have an ex waltz in after 17 years disregard your protests, lay hands on you without permission, and then dictate what's going to happen because of, his pain, his needs, and what he wants is unacceptable.

Neither mental health or PTSD work like that!

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  • Vazzy
  • australia
  • 11-19-17

Disappointed

This is the first Mary Calmes book I’ve been disappointed in. It felt like she wrote it because she couldn’t think of anything else to do that day which is disappointing. Her books have usually got a better story line something that keeps you wanting more. This was just a “poor me he broke my heart now He wants you back and he’s dominating so ya have to you got no choice” if I wanted to listen to a story like that I read mills and boon.. or watch a corny rom com.
I hate writing this as I own all of mary books I thought it was the way I was reading it so I bought the audio as I love both but even Greg trembly made Hagen sound like a defenceless chick not an ex marine going through hard times.. the only reason I finished it was because I liked the other characters in the book I looked forward to reading/listening to them which is sad but being in Hagen head was sooooo repetitive fuckkk we get it.
I know Mary writes good HEA but I think a good end would have been for these guys not to have gotten together be good friends yes but for Mitch to realise yep I fucked up I’m sorry and no I don’t deserve you.. Maybe Ashes character not been such a duche or for Hagen to follow him for a few years make a silly decision and then think about Mitch deserving a second. but no we just had the usual boring push till ya get ya own way. I just think it was to easy for Mitch real life is not like that.
Again hated writing this but thought it needed to be done.

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Not my bag

Utterly ridiculous, and not in a good way.

Look, I get Mary Calmes, and I have realistic expectations of her work. Yes, plots will be bonkers, and yes, there will be certain plot elements repeating, however this one really tested me.

I listened to the audio version, and Greg Tremblay did a fantastic job with the narration. I loved his reading, his natural cadence, and all of the depth and range that he gave these characters. However, the best audio in the world can't make up for a bonkers story.

For the first half of the book I had no idea who the romantic interest was. The MC is literally dating someone else (Ash) for a huge chunk of the story, and it is only towards the end that that the "real romance" starts to happen. If you can call it that... And the whole story is basically "the Ash show." I know more about Ash than anyone else! I was wondering if the blurb was going to be wrong and Hagan and Ash end up together based on the amount of page-time devoted to Ash.

Hagan is the doormat-iest doormat around. He basically forgives Mitch because Mitch tells him to. THAT'S IT! Mitch needed to get on his hands and knees and beg. Beg for like 50 pages! I can't handle stories like this without serious, serious grovelling, and Mitch barely said he was sorry. He was all like, just trust me, you know you want to! and Hagan just TOOK IT. It was infuriating.

When it all comes down to it, the romance wasn't believable, the forgiveness wasn't earned, and the stellar narration can't make up for the lack of character development. Disappointing.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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poisonous relationship, weak hero

I love Mary Calmes and own most of her books, but this one is awful. It had potential, but was ruined by the love interest who had no respect for the main character. The "other man," was more respectful of the main character, overall, and he was still an enormous jerk.

The main character was treated terribly by the love interest in their shared past. Instead of there being any period of hesitation after having his heart utterly broken once, he is basically bullied back into a relationship with the same man through a series of "i can't trust you" "yes you can" in one conversation. His PTSD is packaged into one neat paragraph and dismissed just as easily- it's easy to write "it wasn't fixed, that would take time", but when there are no further symptoms of PTSD just because the love interest is so magical, that's poor characterization.

Tremblay, as always, did an excellent job with what he was given.

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Mostly good

I overall enjoyed the book. The story was nice and I really liked the main character. However, I had a hard time with Mitch; the love interest.

He shows up after 15 years being all ‘We were together in high school and now I want you back. And I know you want me even if you say the opposite, and I’ll just keep pressuring you until you give in, because I’m such a dominate and assertive guy.’

I mean, yikes! If an ex of mine did that I’d call the police.

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Terrible

This is one of the corniest meaningless books I have read. Complete waste of time

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Not one of my favorite Mary Calmes books

All Hagen did throughout the book was argue with his lovers. When Mitch came into the picture I wasn't fond of him at ALL, he was overly confident and arrogant and didn't come close to grueling enough for me to have Hagen's forgiveness. 🤨 This story had much potential but it fell short for me, I would liked to hear more of Hagen's struggle with PTS and his story when he was captured. Not one of my favorite reads by Mary Calmes.

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loved it!

Greg T is my face narrator now ! The author Mary C nailed it with this

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A+ rating...

My Review:
Overall: 4.75
Performance: 5.0
Story: 4.5

This book was absolutely magic on audiobook. I planned to listen to one hour of it, but could not walk away and listened to the entire book in one single sitting. Greg Tremblay worked magic with this story...seriously, so much emotion came through his narration. God, I loved it!!

So, this story...it's told entirely from Hagen's point of view. And Hagen's point of view is heartbreaking. He's been through so much in his life and so much heartbreak. His pain is visceral in the narration. It feels like he's on the verge of too much pain at any point...so much angst. Gah, it was so, so good!!

See, 18 years ago, Hagen had his heart absolutely crushed by Mitch. Mitch made promises and then broke them all. Hagen then enlisted in the military...another thing that eventually crushed him when he was hurt, captured, and tortured. As a result of those two things, Hagen doesn't trust...anyone.

Not Ash, the famous actor he's dating. Not Mitch, who's come back to their hometown to win Hagen back. Hagen will never be that vulnerable ever again.

There were so many things to love about this book...Mitch's kids, Hagen's treehouse and how his mother brought him back to life when she was dying, Hagen's self-deprecating sense of humor, and the romance and love between Mitch and Hagen.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was wonderful and EVERYTHING I hope for in a romance novel/audiobook. I adored it!

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Good story good characters but overly repetitive

I really like the world that Mary Calmes created. It’s a nice community. However, an editor should have taken a firmer pruning of the overly repetitive sections. The other thing that detracted from the story was the fact that every single conversation had people cutting each other off. It became distracting. Still, i wouldn’t mind getting to know these characters more in another book.

Greg Trembley did a fantastic job, as usual. I hope to hear more from him.

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  • aaron wood
  • 02-26-18

best story ever

life stopped couldn't stop, unfortunately when my love went to war he didn't come back