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Just Friends

By: Saxon James
Narrated by: Alexander Cendese,Kirt Graves
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Summary

Roo:

Five years ago, I walked away from Sunbury, Oregon, and left my best friend behind. The move was supposed to get my life on track. I even had a list: Life-changing epilepsy surgery. Check. See the world. Check. Get over my straight best friend... Not exactly. 

No matter where I go or who I meet, I can't let Tanner go. I'm back to tell him how I feel. To get the closure I need once and for all. Only now I'm here and falling for him all over again, it's getting harder to say the words. Because once I have my closure, I'll be gone. And this time it will be for good. 

Tanner:

When my best friend, Roo, left for Australia, it was the worst day of my life. I thought we'd have each other always. But Roo needed the surgery so I let him go, thinking he'd come straight back. Five years is a long time. 

Now he's here, all I want is to hold on tight. I need to show him what he means to me. The problem is, I'm not exactly sure what that is. My draw to him has always been confusing and different - everyone in town says so. But I struggle to understand it. All I know is I won't survive him leaving again. And I'll do anything to make him stay. 

Contains mature themes.

©2020 Saxon James (P)2021 Tantor

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Romance with subtle humour

Such a lovely story. I finished it in one sitting it was that engaging. Once I got used to the slower, deeply-voiced narrator, i even enjoyed the performances.

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The intensity of emotions

Two men speak through internal monologues. What emerges is their love for one another which has spanned over time. A sensitive, and at erotically told story.

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Friends to lovers Romance

An alright audio book found it a bit slow. I'm no a fan of Kirt Graves love Alexander Cendese all ways good narror

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One of my comfort read/listen

I’ve read/listened to this book about 5 times I think. It’s sweet, funny and lovely as all of Saxon’s books are. But it’s also a bit special. I don’t know why but Roo and Tanner feel so real to me. The story unfolds smoothly, and I have a smile on my face throughout the whole thing, every time.

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Just... no

I hate to leave negative reviews, and I only do so if something is really... not good. The story was lukewarm at best, the characters shallow - they read more like (sloppy) fanfiction ones - and the narration was just... not there. Too many sex scenes to cover up the emptiness of the plot and overall a not realistic, but superficial read. I was thinking of reading the next ones, but I'm so put off by the entirety of it, that I will just skip.

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Over all I didn’t hate it.

It was an alright book. I felt like it could have used a little something to make it more interesting. To be honest I’m not sure what, I never felt like I really connected with it.

I’m not a huge fan of Kirt Graves but adore Alexander Cendese.

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Beautiful story

I loved these characters and was glued to listening to this book. I really enjoyed this beautiful story that was funny and had a perfect HEA. Don’t let the creepy man child cover put you off. Highly doubt your imagination will see that lad, mine saw men.

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A beautiful friends to lovers story

I’ve read this book before, so it was interesting to hear how Graves and Cendese portrayed each character. It was interesting to read others’ reviews of the audio too, as I felt completely differently about the audio quality overall.

First of all, I’m not the biggest fan of dual narration - I prefer one narrator, but this is possibly one of the best dual narrations I have listened to - Graves and Cendese complement each other a lot better than others I have listened to.

I really like both as individual narrators and find them easy to listen to, however I preferred Graves’ narration to Cendese’s which sometimes I felt the tone was at times a little off. It’s all personal preference really!

Story-wise, you can’t go wrong with friends to lovers. I love Saxon James’ work and I enjoyed the variety of characters who aren’t perfect - they both have their own issues/problems that they are working through and this makes it so easy to relate to them.

Overall, a really great listen - definitely worth purchasing!

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Sweet and wholesome

I’m a big fan of friends to lovers, so I was bound to enjoy this story 😊 what I’m not a fan of is miscommunication, and that whole drama of “if I tell him how I feel I’ll ruin our friendship”, it seems to be a common way for writters to prolong the story without adding plot…
That said, it’s all a matter of expectations, and when I read (or listen) to romance, as long as the book keeps me happy and entertained, I’m ok with no plot 😁
The narrators aren’t my favourite, but they’re good enough

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Nothing special, poor audio

The story was as all romance stories go. It is hard to find quality but at least I finished this one.
The audio at times was unacceptable. At several points the errors were not deleted, resulting in both the error and the correct sentence read out loud. At one point there was a stretch of silence.
Cendese could have done better performing quotes as the author directed in his text. And both narrators did not sync their interpretations of the voices. The same characters were very, very different between both narrators.

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