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There are three things you need to know about Preston “PK” Kingsley: He’s a writer, toiling in obscurity as an editorial assistant at a New York City publishing house. He is not a cliché. No, really. He’s been secretly in love with his best friend, Art, since they once drunkenly kissed in college. 

When Art moves in with PK following a bad breakup, PK hopes this will be the moment when Art finally sees him as more than a friend. But Art seems to laugh off the very idea of them in a relationship, so PK returns to his writing roots—in fiction, he can say all the things he can’t say out loud. 

In his book, PK can be the perfect boyfriend. Before long, it seems like the whole world has a crush on the fictionalized version of him, including Art, who has no idea that the hot new book everyone's talking about is PK’s story. But when his brilliant plan to win Art over backfires, PK might lose not just his fantasy book boyfriend but also his best friend. 

Carina Adores is home to modern romantic love stories where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters. Discover a new Carina Adores book every month!

©2022 Kris Ripper (P)2022 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Gripping story, excellent narrator

Honestly, I am not sure how this book would have worked out if read, but the narrator did such an excellent job here that he probably upgraded the book by ten levels. And it already is a very good book to start with, so. Do the math. The story is interesting and the main character is just...so relatable, so lovely, so loveable. He is borderline neurodivergent and I absolutely adored his messy and all-over-the-place stream of consciousness. Ripper has outdone zirself in portraying someone like that. The novel is also peopled by adorable, yet very lifelike secondary characters, such as Wade and Ray, Maggie and Preston's parents. Everything in this novel just clicked for me. And have I mentioned the absolutely freaking BEST narration ever? No? So, here. Cheers.

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  • W. J. K
  • 16-06-22

Pleasantly surprised

I was trying to find something distracting to listen to, and although at first I was a bit unimpressed, I’m glad I gave it a chance to unfold. The narration is excellent, and the characters enjoyable and relatable; especially Wade.
If I had on complaint, too many times the main character goes off on long tangents. I realize he’s supposed to be insecure with himself, but they can get to be a bit much

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  • Avalisa Gallo
  • 19-07-22

Good Book. I HIGHLY empathized with the main character.

I loved the writing and the performance but it made me feel absolutely crazy and inconsiderate in the end.





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PK kissed Art and was so transparent about his feelings that everyone knew. Art kissed PK but they vehemently denied them being together was even a possibility. PK was dense but Art’s reaction to the book made me feel like I was in the wrong for agreeing with PK not seeing what he did wrong outside of not telling Art earlier. I felt just as clueless as PK and patiently waited to find out how what he did was enough to warrant being ignored for months.

But good books make you feel things and I felt a lot listening to this book.

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  • 06-07-22

Absolutely Delightful

I honestly loved this book. It started a little slowly, but unfolded in a charming, insightful, and creative way. The characters were genuine, even the quirky ones. They were kind to each other even in conflict, relatably fallible, and frequently wise. The story arc was uncontrived even though the dispute originated in thoughtlessness, and it resolved beautifully. I liked the freshness and humor in the portrayal of several of the friend/family relationships. Maybe we could have heard a little less about nail polish, but the universe free of homo- and transphobia was refreshing

Pete Cross did a stunning job of conveying emotion - wistful, whimsical, wretched, loving - and the characters were easily distinguished. I especially liked that he did not pair gender with tone in a stereotypical manner, but the thing that really stood out was the utter sincerity in his voice during the conflict and resolution scenes.

I will certainly look for more by this author and narrator.