Reviewed by Morgan
Title: More Than Friends
Author: Aria Grace
Narrator: Douglas Dale
Series: More Than Friends #1
Heroes: Zach and Ryan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 76 Pages / Audio – 1 Hour, 26 Minutes
Publisher: Aria Grace
Release Date: Book – December 2, 2013 / Audio – November 17, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Tired of moping around after the breakup of his long term girlfriend, Ryan knew he needed a hookup to get him out of his funk. When he met Drea, he hoped she might be the one. But when he felt more chemistry with her gay cousin Zach, Ryan felt more confused and terrified than he had in his life. He wasn’t gay but he wanted to be with Zach. How could it possibly work?
Review – Book: This is a short story about a guy (Ryan) who ends up at an apartment with a hook-up (Drea- a woman) gone sour. He’s too drunk to drive, so he sleeps on the couch, but not before he bonds with Drea’s male roommate (Zach).
Ryan and Zach become friends and hang out playing Frisbee golf and video games. But Ryan knows Zach is gay, and this makes him think things he’s never thought before.
Suddenly he’s picturing Zach as more than a friend… then he’s acting on it … then … he’s liking it!
He feels the expected guilt and recriminations, but decides, pretty easily, that he’d rather give it a shot than lose Zach.
They move from friends to lovers by the end of the story and we are left with a HFN that is later carried over into sequels by the same author. (Drunk in Love, Choosing Happy and Just Stay)
This was one of the first books I read in the m/m genre. I loved the straight to gay story line, even though it moves very quickly. Because it was short, there wasn’t a lot of angst or emotional attachments, and Ryan accepts his newfound sexuality pretty easily. But… in the sequel, we get that and we also see it isn’t all roses and cupcakes for the new couple.
This pretty much mirrors Susan’s review.
Review – Audio: I can’t believe I’m going to say this but… this has to be one of the worst narrations I’ve listened to!
It sounds like someone recorded himself in his basement reading the book. The sound quality is terrible, and there is little to no emotion in the narration whatsoever.
I had enjoyed this little GFY as a book, but did not enjoy it’s audiobook equivalent.
I give the story a 3.5 of 5 stars and the audiobook a 2 of 5 stars.
Overall 2.75 stars.
Overall Impression: It was ok
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*