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Sundae's Best

By: Riley Hart
Narrated by: Kale Williams,Sean Crisden
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Summary

Grady Dalton is in a rut. He’s 38, without a boyfriend, and has yet to find the place that feels like home. The closest he ever got was his best friend, Nathan. But it’s been seven years since he passed, and life isn’t getting easier. That’s how he ends up in Briar County, hoping to grow roots in the place Nathan had loved.

Deacon Sharpe spends his days serving homemade ice cream at Sundae’s Best and his nights alone, pretending he’s getting by after his wife’s death better than he is. His world is rocked when a man shows up who claims to have been his brother-in-law’s best friend and seems to miss Nathan as much as Deacon misses Patty.

Their losses connect them, but soon, the weight of their loneliness eases with laughter, making ice cream, and Grady reminding Deacon of what it feels like to be held again. Deacon tells himself it’s platonic. How can it be more when he’s forty and has never been with a man, never even been attracted to one? But then, he’d never felt those things about anyone other than Patty either. And when Grady touches him…kisses him…nothing else matters, and the rest of the world melts away.

Together they can deal with family drama, small-town gossip, and Deacon’s newly discovered feelings. But as it often does, life has one more curveball to throw their way….

Sundae’s Best is a small-town, bi/demisexual awakening romance, with characters who like to be held, swoony moments, a dog named Moose, and lots of ice cream. Sundae’s Best can be listened to as a stand-alone.

©2021 Riley Hart (P)2022 Riley Hart

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Wonderful story

I have have loved alot of Rileys books over the years but her last 3 books, this one included have been some of her best. Once again there isn't anything I didn't love. The characters were wonderful. They had off the charts chemistry. The plot had me drawn in from the very beginning and I devoured this book. This was a beautiful story with low angst, a little side character drama and definitely some steam. It had so many of the tropes that I love: gfy, mutual hurt/confort, 2nd chance romance in terms of moving on after being widowed, found family and friends to lovers and it was a wonderful slow burn. I absolutely loved this and would absolutely recommend it.

I absolutely love listening to Kale Williams voice. I'm not a fan of Sean's voice as it tends to get a bit nails on chalkboard sounding when he does higher voices. For the most part for this performance he kept his voice at a pleasant tone. it only got a bit screeny on some female side characters that had minor parts. I do like how the dual narration emphasized the difference between the characters. Sean doing Deacons voice, the local country raised, NC boy and Kale doing Gradys voice, the more outsider city boy.

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Sugar and sweet ice cream

It’s a beautiful story about finding your way home. Where is home? Or what and who is home.
It’s about family, lost and found.
It’s also about small town gossip, ice cream and goats. Unfortunately not so many goats though.

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  • Lisa L Teetz
  • 17-09-22

Loved It!

Revisited this on audio and what a marvelous experience it was! The audio was sublime! Both Kale Williams and Sean Crisden were just fabulous. Both had the perfect, soothing voice to bring Deacon and Grady's love story to life!
Oh wow! This is at top of my list for my all time favorite book by this author! I absolutely loved it! Deacon and Grady's story just touched my heart in the best way. It's a wonderfully written, slow burn, awakening story that was just perfect. It had everything I hope for in this type of story--a deep connection between the MCs, tenderness, intimacy, trust, honesty, and open communication.  But it was so much more than that too. It was about acceptance, finding true happiness, and learning to love again. There was so much for Deacon and Grady to navigate as they grew closer--past loves, family challenges, beginning a life together--and it was all done brilliantly.  I was rooting for them from the moment they met and enjoyed every word of their journey to a glorious HEA. Such an amazing book, highest recommendation from me!

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  • Joejames219
  • 29-11-22

stick with Kale Williams

Sean's performance was painfully detached. He could have easily recited recipes. I would have preferred Kale to have read it alone.

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  • H. Martin
  • 23-10-22

Sundae’s Best

I adore this series so far. So many great stories. This book was just what I needed to read at this time. It was sweet and I loved Deacon.

I’ve put off listening to the audio because I don’t do well with two narrators even though I love both of them. It’s hard when every character has two voices. I can’t sink into the story like I normally do. But I wanted to be prepared when the third book releases to audiobook.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-09-22

Awesome

I was waiting for this book to come out on audible, it did not disappoint ,it is a beautiful story ,finally .,,,,,,,,thank you