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Xander and Julian are so right for each other from the moment they meet. Sean captured Julian's essence so perfectly it was like I could see him inside my head. Really great job with the narration. Another book I'll listen to over and over again.
I absolutely adored this book in audio! I fell in love with this series last year and I’m loving listening to them in audio format. This is book two in the Moore Romance series and just as light hearted and funny as book one, I actually preferred this book to book one in audio if that’s even possible! That’s all down to Sean Lenhart and his amazing narration and in particular his narration of Julian!.
This book centres around Julian Moore and Xander Griffith who we first meet in book one. Julian is absolutely amazing and I loved his attitude and outlook on life, he is down right fabulous, out and proud and just damn well owns it. These two meet in a gay club where they have instant chemistry but once Xander realises Julian is Greg's 21 year old little brother he instantly drops him off at his parents house and tries to forget about him.
Fast forward three years later and Julian and Xander are constantly bickering and antagonising each other to mask their feelings. Julian ends up moving in with Xander to try and cope with his depression and they can no longer ignore their insane chemistry and they end up growing ever closer and falling in love. As with the first book this one is also very funny and had me laughing out loud throughout. I loved that even when their relationship deepened Xander continued to call Julian 'Brat' albeit in a more loving manner and Julian continued to call Xander Iceman (Top Gun reference!). The puns involving Julian's surname Moore were endless and I loved the 'baby koala' hugging!
As with book one there's lots of dogs featured in this book and one hilarious doggy tea party thrown by Julian. Love the secondary characters in this story and it was lovely to catch up with all of them from book one and meet some new ones too. Massive applause for Sean Lenhart and his impressive ability to seamlessly alter his voice for all the different characters.
One of my favourite audiobooks to date and a very sweet and funny read. Cannot wait to listen to the next one!
I enjoyed Book 1, although I had a few issues with it. This book was so much better and a delight. The one issue for me was that because there are two points of view, sometimes the story goes backward to give the same events from a different perspective. While Julian and Xander are apart, this works. When they are together, it’s unnecessary.
That is a small issue. Tiny.
I love books that are stand-alones but are part of a series. If you haven’t listened to Book 1, no worries (although you may go back later if you choose), you won’t be lost. This book starts further back in time than the bulk of Book 1, touching on a few scenes from that first book, showing them from Julian and Xander’s perspectives.
But while these two were outsiders in Book 1, they are now firmly centre stage.
This is an enemies-to-lovers, second-chance, love-at-first-sight romance (And yes, that may seem like a contradiction – you will just have to listen to it to see how it works out). And as I’ve seen trending recently, its characters talk about reading m/m romances. Although Julian refers to Xander as the ‘Iceman’ and Xander calls Julian ‘brat’, it is done with great affection. Their first encounter got off on the wrong foot (or the right kiss), depending on your perspective. But in the end, it was the worst night of Xander’s life. Instead of coming clean, though, he became antagonistic with Julian, and although his pain his was real, his treatment of Julian was really mean.
He redeems himself. Especially when he adopts a 2-year-old Boxer named Cassius. As with Book 1, furbabies and their daddies play a prominent role in the book.
When Xander discovers all is not as it seems with Julian, he steps up and becomes an amazing friend. The two men are meant to be together, but there are a lot of games, not just involving Julian and Xander, but with their friends Tripp and Tommy as well. It confused me sometimes, but the dénouement made everything clear.
I also want to mention the shelter Safe Harbour, for LGBTQ kids who have either run away from home or have been thrown out. It’s horrifying, but that is a reality every day. That the men become so involved is wonderful. That they come up with creative solutions to the homeless teens is even more heartwarming. I felt that Julian cried quite a bit, but he does feel things deeply. Also, Sean Lenhart is often almost shouting while narrating Julian’s interior monologue, which is a little over-the-top, but nothing that can’t be dismissed because it is so easy to fall in love with Julian.
With Logan and Chance in Book 1, a simple conversation could have cleared up many of the misunderstandings. Same here, but I will say Xander and Julian do try to talk things out. Men talking about their feelings. Imagine that.
I highly recommend this listen as I really enjoyed it, especially the baby Koala.
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I loved this book... didn't just like it I loved it!! it was a grade book.
from one side the sweetness of Julian his character is so adorable although he was a brat 😂😍 I just want to hug him if I could I would squeeze him and hug him and do everything for him cutie pie and Xander from the other end such a beautiful and indulging character I have to say I loved this book very much and the narrator was great actually I felt the narrator was enjoying this book every character had her own mind it was amazing and when he moaned he did it quite amazing I felt like I was melting in some parts of the book very cool book worth the 12 hours of listening worth indeed
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