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Summary

Brant Harkrader is done living by other peoples’ rules. He may not know exactly what he wants out of life, but he’s perfectly happy letting that question figure itself out while starting a new job as a tour guide. 

Too bad the one thing he does want—his sister’s BFF—only sees him as a little brother. 

Or so he thinks…

Kellan Shelby-Briggs has never shied away from going after what he wants. And what he wants is the important contract that will put his brand new company on the map—and Brant. 

Too bad Kellan’s career keeps yanking him away just as things heat up between them. 

Now that Brant is back in town—up close and personal in Kell's living space—can they finally get the timing right to go after the love that has eluded them both for too long?

©2021 Amy Aislin (P)2022 Amy Aislin

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Swoony!

Whenever I start a new Amy Aislin book (which is whenever she releases one,) I know I will be sucked into the story and with my earbuds glued to me from the first to the last second. Her writing style is catching and engaging and her stories are always fresh and entertaining.
Case in point, Brant and Kellan’s story is a sweet, very low-angst tale of coming together when the situation is right for both men.
If you read Keeping Casey, you may remember Harkrader, Ethan’s teammate with the homophobic stepbrother, who was pining for his older sister’s best friend. Well, here we are, we meet Brant Harkrader, who is now back in his hometown looking for a fresh start, which brings him in very close proximity to said older sister’s best friend.
What he doesn’t know is that Kellan as stopped seeing him as a kid or a little brother for some time now, As a matter of fact, he sees him as a man he can have a future with and now that he has Brant back within reach he can start to woo him to make that happen.

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Cute and sweet

It was a good book and a cute love story.

The story was great and it was well written. I'm happy that I read the book!

Audio review April 25 - 2022

I liked this book more on audio. I did´t think it was to much descriptions and I loved Michael Franklin as a narrator.

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Worth Coming Home For.

MM, Best Friends Younger Brother, Contemporary, Romance. Second book in series but is a stand-alone read/listen. low angst, sweet romance with great characters. Michael Franklin did a great job narrating their story and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • 23-04-22

Book 2! Yay!

This series is wonderful! After reading Keeping Casey, I was waiting for more in this sweet series, and book 2 didn’t disappoint. It caught me since the beginning because its heartwarming moments and the amazing chemistry between Brant and Kellan. They are so perfect for each other! Mr. Franklin capture beautifully all the sweetness and cuteness of the love story and the essence of the characters with his agile narration and smooth voice. He made a wonderful performance! I can't wait for more!

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Sweet, slow burn, low angst romance

I absolutely loved Kellan and Brandt.
Both have secretly been in love with each other for years, neither one acting on it for fear of ruining a great friendship.
When Brandt finds himself back home and in need of a place to crash, Kellan
quickly offers his home as an option instead of Brandt's sister's Wendy's place which is already full and very busy.
Both come across very comedically as very oblivious to each other's romantic advancements but luckily they get on the same page.
Poor Brandt has really suffered through some horrible things with his family.
I loved how fiercely protective, devoted and supportive Killian was of Brandt while also being a safe space for him to grow and develop his own strength and independence.
These two were such great characters but together they were even better and stronger.
They were completely realistic and I truly appreciated how they communicated and worked through their issues as adults.
Michael Franklin did an amazing job of narrating and bringing these characters to life.

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Sweet and easy romance

Keeping Kellan sees Brant Harkraker move back to his home town and gratefully accept an invitation from his sister's best friend, Kellan, to stay with him instead of his sister, her husband and three young children. They have the chance to build on the friendship that truly started to grow a few years ago even though they've known each other since Brandt was young. Both men are working towards a better future for themselves, Brandt having left a toxic work environment and Kellan having just started his own business. It gives them an understanding of each others work ethic, sometimes to the extreme, something they don't necessarily get from others. Their attraction is there from the start of the story and simmers quietly in the background until the have the confidence to move their friendship in a different direction.
I really enjoyed these two characters. There is a real ease in the way that they get along and spend time together as though it's no effort at all. They're very strong willed in what they want but have learned to protect themselves after harmful behaviour from others in their past. Brandt's bully continues to cause trouble and affects relationships with others. What makes Kellan different is how quickly and staunchly he comes to Brandt's defence but at the same time doesn't take away the independence that Brandt has fought to gain over the past few years.
Overall, this is a great friends to lovers romance, it was so easy for me to get into and enjoy. There's a good cast of characters along the way, including some met in book one of this series so it was nice to get to interact with them again. Definitely another recommended read from this author.
Michael Franklin does another good job in narrating this series. One thing I would prefer is a little more difference in the voices given to the MC's so that I can tell them apart easier but I found it an easy story to listen to.

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lovely story

I adored this book so I'm really happy it's now on audio. The author never fails to write sweet low angst story. This was such a lovely friends to lovers story. I loved the connection and chemistry between the characters. Lots of humour too. I loved how obsessed they were about scones. It was quite emotional at times too but I loved how supportive they were of each other. Just the perfect read 💜 I enjoyed the narration as well. it was sort of understated and sensitive which matched the story so well and I felt the emotions.

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Vital Love

Keeping Kellan is a sweet contemporary romance and the second book in the Keeping Him series. It can be read as a standalone very easily, but the first book in this series is definitely worth reading.

The plot uses a childhood friends to adult lovers trope to perfection. The relationship between Brant and Kellan is so rich and full of history. The relationship angst is kept to a minimal, but there is a lot of family drama for Brant that broke my heart. I love Brant and Kellan’s resilience and how they supported each other. There were so many wonderful moments of achievement for each character.

The audiobook was narrated by Michael Franklin who does a nice job. There were some passionate moments and intense declarations that Michael performed well. The audiobook quality and product were great.

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Book one was better.

The characters were OK and the general plot was alright but for me this was kinda disappointing. The pace moved way too slow. Like glaciel. The focus was largely on their jobs and the relationship just seemed to take a backseat. Even once they got together, which was a long wait, it still was way overshadowed by everything else going on. Also, too much fade to black and off book mentions of romance which the plot definitely could have used more of. I was more intrigued by the scenery being a fellow Canadian and the cute dog so that's probably not what the author was aiming for. I didn't hate it but I probably wouldn't recommend it.

Great narration. He had a pleasant reading voice, expressed the emotions well and I could easily tell the characters apart, making it a great listening experience.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 19-04-22

Brant❤️ Kellan

This was a cute friends to lovers romance!!

Brant and Kellan were absolutely adorable.

This was just what I needed to listen today to lift my spirits.


A feel good, fluffy listen overall.

The narrator did an amazing job.

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  • Carlotta Hollis
  • 25-04-22

Loved Brant and Kellan

This one of my favorite genres and Amy writes them well. Bra t and Kellan were so sweet together even when they were both pining. Michael Franklin did a wonderful job bringing the pages to life. I loved the book when I read it and am so happy I got to listen to it as well

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  • Jordan
  • 25-04-22

A sweet friends-to-lovers romance - by Shana W

This was a sweet, low-angst friends-to-lovers story with likeable characters and a loveable dog. I felt that Kellan and Brant were very three dimensional, with well described personalities, jobs and outside relationships. I particularly enjoyed Kellan's relationship with Brant's sister. The narrator had a pleasant voice and did a good job of differentiating between the characters' voices; unfortunately, his reading was a little wooden, though it did seem to flow a bit better as the story progressed. I enjoy Aislin's writing and look forward to reading more by her in the future.
I was given a complimentary audiobook for review.

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  • Dawn
  • 25-04-22

a sweet, low angst romance

Brant was a little hard for me to like at first but his sweetness when with Kellan made up for it. This was a sweet romance with low angst. The narration by Michael Franklin was well done and enjoyable.

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  • Alison Daniels
  • 25-04-22

Love this series!

Another amazing book in this series! I was not expecting the time jump between Keeping Casey and Keeping Kellan but I really liked that we got to see Brant a little more grown up. There is about a five year gap between the end of the first book and the start of the second but it really does set up the story so well! And we finally get to meet the guy Brant has been in love with forever, the wonderfully sweet Kellan. While it was awful to see the kind of verbal abuse Brant had been subjected to over the years from his step-dad, I loved seeing Kellan stand up for Brant, something his own mother hadn't done. Brant also was able to help Kellan see that even though he had been burnt in the past by coworkers, he had to find someone he trusted to help him so he didn't burnout with his work. I loved getting to catch up with Ethan, Casey, Theo, and his boyfriend when they all came to visit Brant and Kellan! I hope we will see more of these guys in future books. One of my favorite parts of the book was the epilogue. I loved getting to see Brant and Kellan in the future and getting to see just how happy they are together! As with all of Amy Aislin's books, the writing is wonderful and the characters are amazing. The narration was truly wonderful and I loved that Michael Franklin narrated both books in this series. I would happily listen to this narrator again!

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  • Laura Gowing
  • 22-04-22

Life after hockey and life-long crushes

I had already read and enjoyed Keeping Kellan, so when I had the opportunity to receive and review the audiobook, I jumped at it. The book is a sweet, low-angst M/M romance with a friends-to-lovers trope, which picks up the storyline of one of the side characters in her previous book, Keeping Casey, whose main characters make a couple of cameo appearances in Keeping Kellan.

It’s clear to the listener early on that both characters are interested in one another, and it doesn’t take too long for them to realize that the interest is mutual. It turns out that most of the conflict is related to Brant’s family life, resulting from his mom’s re-marriage. It’s refreshing to have the MCs' relationship be pretty solid once they've coupled up, and to see them work through some of their individual problems together.

The narrator’s performance wasn’t my favorite. His cadence was a bit stilted, but it was okay once I got used to it.

I liked the characters and the story — and I was quite envious of Kellan’s home. Overall, a thumbs up!

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  • Harri
  • 19-04-22

Low angst friends to lovers

We meet Brant in book 1 way back as a college hockey player. We now fast forward to where he’s at a crossroads in his mid-20s after leaving an office job in the big city that was slowly crushing his soul for a chance to return to his beloved home town and become a tour guide. He is reunited with his sister’s best friend who he has had feelings for since high school that have never gone away. Brant moves in with Kellan and their relationship deepens long before they finally take the romantic plunge. Both Brant and Kellan are kind, loving, well developed characters and the progression from friends to lovers felt organic. Keeping Kellan is a very sweet low angst (a little parental angst), sister’s BFF love story. Michael Franklin delivers well again. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this audiobook.

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  • Renee Hudsen
  • 18-04-22

Sweet story

This is a very sweet, low angst story. It's a great friends to lovers read. ( The angst comes from Brant's relationship with his mother and stepfather.) While I enjoyed the storyline, I felt that it truly needed a better narrator. There was very little emotion in the narrator's voice and it was boring at times. I hate to even say that because the story doesn't deserve it.

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  • Daire
  • 18-04-22

Great story

I really enjoyed reading this I found kellan and brant’s job pursuits interesting and was really happy with how quickly their relationship develop since it started as friends and there was a reasonable reason for them to hold off on starting a relationship that ended during the start of the book

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  • kp
  • 12-04-22

LOVED


Will the timing ever be right for Kellan and Brant? Now that they are both finally in the same place we shall see!
I loved the chemistry and connection between these two. Having crushed on each other for years they are now finally acting on their attraction. An attraction that quickly turns into so much more.
This sweet, steamy friends to lovers/sister's best friend love story is just what the doctor ordered.
I loved every bit of it!
Michael Franklin does a wonderful job of bringing this story to life!