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Summary

From USA Today best-selling author Marley Valentine comes a brand-new emotional, second chance, gay romance.

Two halves of a whole, Arlo Bishop and I were both unwanted kids brought together by the foster system. Dealing with the aftermath of neglect and abandonment, we grew up side-by-side and found solace in one another. 

We wanted. 

We needed. 

We loved. 

Desperately.

But somewhere along the way, Arlo wanted and needed and loved drugs more. So I did the only thing I could and broke my own heart to save his.

Now, four years later, I’m back in L.A. and face-to-face with my past. Not only does the pain and hurt of our mistakes linger between us, but so do our feelings.

I didn’t plan on a second chance, fear of history repeating itself making it hard to forgive and even harder to forget. But with only one touch, one kiss, I was taken back to where it all started.

Two halves of a whole, Arlo Bishop and I were made for for each other. But we were no longer the unwanted foster kids.

We were grown men.

And I wanted nothing more than him.

Unwanted is book one in a brand-new, emotional LGBTQ+ series that follows a group of foster siblings who are banded together by their pasts. Each book can be listened to as a complete stand-alone.

©2022 Marley Valentine (P)2022 Marley Valentine
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Unwanted Absolutely Brilliant ❤️

oh my so blown away by this love the book and the audio truly amazing. Jacob and Zachary with the narration is outstanding love the way they bring Arlo & Frankie to life is so beautiful it's emotional and heartbreaking losing the love of your life your other half found family and second chances is simply fantastic can't recommend enough. ❤️

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This is a beautiful storyline. When you don’t know what to do for the best, you run…these characters are amazing. The chemistry is wonderful between them. Both Jacob and Zachary give a brilliant performance.

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Heartbreak and true love

I’m so glad I awaited the audio book for this one. The narration was outstanding and made the story even better. Such a beautiful story about losing the love of your life, found family and second chances. I cannot recommend this one enough !

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amazing

I love marley valentine wittering gets me everything ❤️ reading the book was amazing sk when the audio come out I had to get it and I love jacob morgan so I new the narration would be fantastic and can I just say this is my first narration by Zachary Johnson and it was amazing they both did an amazing job bringing the characters to life thank you all can't wait for the next one 💜

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  • Mel B
  • 17-08-22

Great Story with a few nitpicks

This was a great story with good character development and it was nice to finally read something not dropped straight out of the MM cookie cutter trope machine that has really become tiresome. The characters felt real, and I began to care deeply about them as they navigated their growth and the deep grey areas of recovery.

My only complaint is that I felt this should have been a bit longer with way more flashbacks and looks into their shared history in foster care. This would have brought us even closer to the characters which I really wanted.

All in all a refreshingly good read/listen.

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  • Emily
  • 19-07-22

Even better in audio!

I eyeball read this the first time and loved it. The audio is even better. Zachary and Jacob really brought Frankie and Arlo to life. Hearing their pain and love out loud really did it for me.

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  • xxBooksILovexx
  • 17-07-22

Another amazing story from Marley Valentine!

Marley Valentine does it again! This second chance/slow burn romance was perfect. I’m not sure how she does it, but I absolutely love the vulnerability that Marley portrays in her characters. Both Arlo & Frankie had traumatic pasts that haunted them. Together they were able to overcome the issues that tore them apart the first time around. Loved spending time with Arlo, Frankie, Clem, Lennons & Rhys! Listened to the audiobook for my 2nd experience with this book. Zachary Johnson & Jacob Morgan did an amazing job narrating!

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  • Molly Kindle Customer
  • 16-07-22

perfection

this is one of those the audiobook is 100x more moving and impactful than reading the book. you will cry but you will heal and feel that these men went through what they did to be better together after all the pain and sorrow

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  • KW
  • 24-09-22

An emotional journey from unwanted to loved.

An emotional MM romance with characters who have had to overcome so much and are battling the new challenges thrown their way. Arlo and Frankie met in a group home when they were moving through the foster system. They, with a few others, formed a “chosen family”. Their love was strong, but Arlo’s love for drugs was stronger, so Frankie did the only thing he could and left; breaking both their hearts.

Now he’s back in L.A. and dealing with a family tragedy and seeing Arlo has turned his world upside down. Marley writes beautifully flawed characters and doesn’t sugar coat the situations they find themselves in or their reactions to them. This is an emotional voyage dealing with a recovery journey from drug addiction. I don’t have a point of reference personally for this, but it did feel authentic. There is forgiveness and redemption, peace and love. The emotions were balanced out with a camaraderie between these foster siblings you just felt with deep and unconditional love. There’s some nice heat and the narration was fantastic. Jacob never disappoints delivering a heartfelt performance. Zachary was a new narrator to me, and he fit so well with Jacob in his performance as Frankie. There was light and dark to both narrators' voices, and they gave us all the colours and emotions of Arlo and Frankie.

I enjoyed meeting the side characters and am intrigued to see if Clem gets an FF book. I really hope so. This was my first title and a great introduction to Marley’s writing. I will for sure be looking into other books featuring the side characters in this one.

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  • Vida._.Loca
  • 13-09-22

Amazing

I loved Frankie and Arlo's journey. Zachary Johnson and Jacob Morgan portrayed these two men who love each other profoundly with such emotion and chemistry that I didn't want their story to end. The length of the story is my only complaint, as I feel the author missed the opportunity to provide more of their background via flashbacks. We had a couple of flashbacks, but nothing gave us insight into how this unconventional family of foster kids grew up together, bonded, and looked out for one another even as they aged out of the foster system. I found myself thinking of their story long after it ended.


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  • Bernie Abraham
  • 08-09-22

Great storyline even better Narration!!!!

It was a great storyline. You could tell the author did her research. I loved all the characters, Frankie and Alto deserved their HEA. It got 5 stars from me. I loved it.

Jacob Morgan has never narrated a job that I did not enjoy and this was my first listen for Zachary Johnson but he sounded like Christian Fox so I loved it.

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  • Veronica
  • 03-09-22

Great book

I don't even know where to start with this book..it was amazing and touched on subjects that aren't that easy. Marley did an exceptional job going into the topic of addiction and what both Arlo and Frankie went thru. I loved that it was double pov so we could see what the struggles ofeach went thru. And the feelings on both sides. Marley has become one of my go to authors since I read Without you. She is great at breaking our hearts and putting them back together.

The narration was perfect. They did an amazing job. Jacob Morgan was already one of my favorites and like always he did not disappoint.

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  • Stacey
  • 21-08-22

Arlo and Frankie, forbidden romance

Arlo needing to put himself first for once, the love of his life is killing him self with drugs and must put him in a detox program and sort of force him to follow through. That he will be back to Frankie when completing the program. But Arlo had enough, seeing Frankie almost of one to many times he just couldn’t do it anymore. So he had to, and when doing that Arlo incidentally turns his back on the rest of his foster brothers and sister. But, an accident sends Arlo back to LA, can he fight the attraction between him and Frankie. Yet, Frankie is still upset with Arlo for leaving him when he needed him the most. But they both can’t see how they both hurt one another. Can they find their way back together?

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  • Well Read Romantic
  • 19-08-22

amazing

beautiful, emotional and steamy story of second chance and recovery. Marley always has the most gorgeous words