Saturday, May 28, 2016

Audiobook ARC Review: As You Are by Ethan Day

As You Are
From the 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.

Heather's rating:

I always dislike re-reading a book in audio format because if I loved a book the first time, a bad narration can kill the memory of a good story for me. However, with As You Are, I didn't adore the book the first time around (in 2014), and I've been waiting for a chance to try Jason Frazier's narrations, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

First of all, let me say that Jason Frazier did NOT let me down. He was seriously awesome as a narrator, doing a huge range of voices and really showing off his acting chops. He made the story bearable for me because I had a lot more issues with the actual story this time around. My favorite thing about Jason's voice was how SEXY it was! Seriously sexy. Audiobooks in general seem to lack voices that actually sound as hot as the plot, but Jason just saying "Julie" in that deep, sultry tone of his was divine. That man has some serious skills or maybe he was just blessed with that voice. Either way, I'll be listening to more from Jason Frazier in the future, guaranteed.

It is interesting, however, what you are drawn to when listening to a book versus reading it. I couldn't believe how often these characters smoked in this book. It was like every single scene! This is going to be a HIGHLY subjective statement, but I found all of those chain smoking scenes to be total turn-offs. I'm a dentist, and I have grown to really dislike smoking, so much so that I can barely hide it from my face when I'm around someone who smokes. The constant smoking from Julian was something that made my face cringe up every single time.

I also had a problem with how dated this book felt. Like very, very dated. I'm 31 years old, and a lot of of the references in this book went right over my head. The MC is supposed to be younger than me, but some of the stuff he mentions is just way too dated, even considering that this book was originally published 7 years ago. I'm talking pop culture references, not the love of old movies, which stands the test of time.

Aside from those issues and the fact that this book is ALL about miscommunications, I was also charmed by this story. I liked how Julian was a sort of judgemental, neurotic, self-centered bitch (in an adorable way), and both mentally slutty and hopelessly romantic. I also liked Danny, and I wondered why I was so hard on him the first time around. I got Danny more on re-read, that's for sure. I looooved Julian's mom and Gabby. Those two were some of the best female characters in M/M that I've read in some time.

I wish this book was more focused. I found myself wondering about the plot and where it was headed multiple times, and I'd read this book before! It veered off on a lot of tangents, and I think sometimes the romance got lost. I would have honestly rated this book 2.5-3 stars on re-read if it wasn't for Jason Frazier's narration, which bumped it up a full star+ to 3.5 stars.

If you are an Ethan Day fan, then I think you will enjoy this one. But I'd recommend getting it in audio format, just because I think it added a lot to the story.

**Copy provided in exchange for an honest review**

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