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    MANGA: Novalis: Kimi wa Boku no Chimera

    ノヴァリス―きみは僕のキメラ― (GUSH COMICS) | 夏河シオリ |本 | 通販 ...

    Novalis: Kimi wa Boku no Chimera – Natsukawa Shiori

    A collection of stories about Novalis, animal/human hybrids, and their owners

    Thing You Give To Me: Fluffier than fluff story about Hayato who adopted a baby Novalis, Kuro, only to wake up one day with the baby transformed into a fully grown adult! Talk about growth spurts! We must protect Kuro at all cost!

    The Reason You Are Here: Aki, an abandoned Novalis, was found in the streets by the kind hearted doctor who lost no time patching him up. Feels ensued. This one has darker undertones compared the first story.

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    AUDIO REVIEW: A Way With You by Lane Hayes

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    A Way With You – Lane Hayes

    Reeve Nelson is determined to make it in Manhattan. He’s hardworking, dedicated and willing to put in the extra hours required to be successful at his new job at a prestigious real estate firm in the city. There’s no way he’s going back to small-town living and an ex-girlfriend who won’t let go. But his boss isn’t making it easy.

    Leo Rodriguez enjoys his reputation as a ruthless businessman. He’s a lone wolf who’s scraped his way from the gutter to rebuild his life and launch a distinguished career on his terms. When an opportunity to expand in the market comes up, Leo wants the eager new agent with a sense of wonder on the project. But nothing goes quite as planned. Reeve expected to be intimidated and overwhelmed by Leo, however, the explosive mutual attraction and fierce desire between them is a big surprise. Neither man is looking for love and yet, something special just might happen if they can find their way…together.


    A Way With You is the sequel to A Way With Words, starring Remy’s big brother, Reeve. This book could be read as a standalone but I recommend reading Remy and Tony’s book first because why miss out on this adorable couple?

    A Way With You started strong. We meet Reeve in his first day of work. He just learned he was to work with real estate celebrity, Leo Rodriguez, a man who has a reputation as a tough as nails boss.

    He was assigned to a challenging assignment which led to butting heads with Leo where he quickly lost his temper. To end his last day at work with a bang, he kissed his boss.

    Then he disappeared.

    Between the Nelson brothers, Reeve had the more mercurial temper whereas Remy was the more easy-going one. The brothers are very supportive of each other, constantly checking in to see how the other is doing. Their relationship was one of the highlights of the book.

    I didn’t warm up to Reeve much. I didn’t hate him but I didn’t like him either. We could all do without the tantrums. What’s admirable about him though was that he’s brave enough to quit a 6-figure job and carve his own path in life. He doesn’t even mind that he had to start from scratch all over again.

    Leo was the stand out here. I wished we had his POV. When we first met him, he appeared cold and aloof. The kind of personality you would expect in a terror boss.

    It was when we meet him again, this time outside the office, we could see he’s a genial, warm-hearted guy who offers sofa cuddles and lends his underwear to the under-dressed.

    I loved the way he doggedly pursued Reeve’s company. Not taking no for an answer but never pushy. He consistently kept a cool head whenever Reeve threw his tantrums. Best of all, he followed his love declarations with actions. Truly a keeper!

    While I liked both books in the A Way With series, I enjoyed this a notched less than the first book. It has the same feel-good charm as its predecessor and I was having a good time with most of it. After the big scene at the office, I was led to believe this was going to be conflict-free but alas childish behavior reared its ugly head.

    Reeve’s infamous temper flared up at the latter part of the story where, although in keeping with character, resulted in a rather ridiculous fight scene. I wasn’t particularly impressed with this moment. I felt it was thrown in just so there would be conflict.

    Nonetheless, Leo’s winning ways saved the day, cartwheel fails and all.

    Narration-wise, Alexander Cendese continued to do a good job giving life to all these colorful characters. While the voices are not that different from each other, he was still able to imbue distinct personalities to each so it’s wasn’t difficult to recognize who’s speaking at the moment. His reading style was appropriately energetic in keeping with the vibe of the book.

    All in all, A Way With You was an enjoyable office romance story that happened mostly outside the office. It’s also about following your dreams and doing it your way. Because trying to making it big in the Big Apple is a hell lot easier if you got friends, family and the right boss to kiss.

    P.S.

    Thank you to Indigo and Audible UK for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

    Book one, A Way With You, review here.

    Rating:
    3.5 Stars – that place between like and love

    Soundtrack: Up & Up
    Artist: Coldplay
    Album: A Head Full Of Dreams

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    Fixing up a car to drive in it again
    Searching for the water, hoping for the rain
    Up and up
    Up and up

    Down upon the canvas, working meal to meal
    Waiting for a chance to pick your orange field
    Up and up
    Up and up

    See a pearl form, a diamond in the rough
    See a bird soaring high above the flood
    It’s in your blood
    It’s in your blood

    Underneath the storm an umbrella is saying
    Sitting with the poison takes away the pain
    Up and up
    Up and up, it’s saying

    We’re gonna get it, get it together right now
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    Up and up and up

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    See the forest there in every seed
    Angels in the marble waiting to be freed
    Just need love
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    And you can say what is, or fight for it
    Close your mind and take a risk
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    Or see each sunrise as a gift

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    Up and up and up

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    Gonna get it, get it together and flower
    Whoa
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    Gonna get it, get it together and go
    Up and up

    Fixing up a car to drive in it again
    When you’re in pain
    When you think you’ve had enough

    Don’t ever give up