Title: Drawn Together
Author: Z.A. Maxfield and Greg Boudreaux (Narrator)
Release Date: November 15th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
What happens when Rory travels halfway across the country to meet the girl of his dreams? Certainly not what he expected…
Rory’s just be a simple southern boy from St. Antoine’s Parish, Louisiana, but he knows what he wants — the girl of his dreams, reclusive and mysterious artist Ran Yamane. He’s loved her since junior high school, and now he has the chance to meet her. He chucks everything and travels 1,500 miles to Anime Expo in Long Beach just so he can tell her. He’s determined that nothing and nobody are going to stand in his way.
Turns out, Ran Yamane isn’t a girl, but he gets that a lot. People come to him with teddy bears and chocolates and disappointment by the truckload. He’s trusted fans in the past and paid the price. So when he meets Rory he is understandably wary, but resigned. He isn’t prepared for his magnetic attraction to the young man, Rory’s apparent willingness to overlook his gender, and the chaos that ensues when his number one fan (and psycho stalker) shows up to get revenge.
Drawn Together was one of the first M/M books I read. I have really fond memories of this story and when I found out it was being re-released as an audiobook…well, I was happier than a pig in mud. Then I found out Greg Tremblay, performing under his steamier “Greg Boudreaux” moniker, was going to narrate and my excitement knew no bounds.
I absolutely loved the narration! Greg does not disappoint with his wonderful southern drawl for Rory, Yamane’s lighter tones, the pure creepiness of Amelia, and the perfectly pitched side characters.
I’ll admit I did some eye rolling and teeth gritting at the story this time around. This is one of those times I had a hard time re-reading a book I loved years ago.
- The first time I read this I didn’t notice, or maybe it was I didn’t care, about the stalking (and I’m not even talking about Amelia’s stalking – but Rory’s obsession and cross-country journey with the absolute conviction Yamane would fall into his arms), the consent issues (there’s a scene when Rory makes love to Yamane when Yamane was unconscious that had me frowning), some seriously crazy plot points (The detective who helps them leave the state? Not contacting the FBI or Parish police to report Amelia? The whole “plot” to draw Amelia out…), and the huge miscommunication between Rory and Yamane…I sometimes had a hard time suspending disbelief.
I completely credit my ability to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the story and flow directly to the awesome narration by Greg. He totally rocked this!
This was a fun, wonderful listen!