Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: As You Are
Author: Ethan Day
Narrator: Jason Frazier
Heroes: Julian & Danny
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Release Date: February 4, 2015
Available at: Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Operation Danny….
That’s all bartender and recent college graduate, Julian Hallowell has had on his mind for the past year. Julian may have no idea what he wants to do with his life, but he definitely knows he’s in love with the boy next door: the one in the next room to be exact, his roommate, Danny Wallace.
Danny owns a used textbook store just off campus, and while Julian has done his level best to make Danny fall for him, all his hard work appears to have been in vain. Danny doesn’t seem to view Julian as anything other than that–a roommate and friend. So when new guy in town Andy Baker asks him out on a date, Julian can’t think of a good reason to say no.
Julian has already instituted a Reverse Operation Danny plan, which he’s positive will purge all thoughts of love and lust for his roomie out of his head. He’s ready to move on and start looking for his next Mr. Right, and Andy just might fit the bill.
I originally read As You Are in 2009. I know I’ve reread it at least once and since I’ve recently become obsessed with audios, I just KNEW I had to listen to it. When I did, I completely forgot how funny it was, how much I couldn’t help but chuckle. I love, love, love that Julian was so in love with Danny but was trying to get over him. I’ll admit, though, I sorta hated Danny for about the last third of the book. I wanted to smack him and ask him what the hell he was doing?!
I absolutely adored the story (especially because Danny redeemed himself!) but I had a few issues with the narrator. For one, I felt like he talked too fast when the scene didn’t call for it to the point that I couldn’t tell when Julian was talking out loud and when he was thinking in his head. Add to that, there was not much pause between present scene and a flashback so a few times I would think “wait, when did Julian go to this place?” With that said, I didn’t like the narrator’s voice for Gabby. I felt like she was a sorority girl from Legally Blonde, which wasn’t how I thought of her since she’s a successful reporter.
Overall, I’m glad I listened to this one. I’d definitely give the story 5 stars, while the performance 3 stars. I forgot how much I missed Julian and Danny and I’m just sad there hasn’t been a sequel written yet! I mean, there hasn’t… has there? I know if there were, I’d read it RIGHT NOW! If you’re looking for something funny, sweet and a tad sad, give this one a go because you won’t regret it!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*