How Not To Sin by Susan Hawke
Narrated by Michael Pauly
One regular guy who happens to be a preacher…
Reverend Dr. Gabe Samson doesn’t think he’s better than any of the people in his church, so please don’t put him on a pedestal. While he’s never hidden the fact that he identifies as bisexual, he’s never acted on it either. Gabe isn’t happy to learn that the sole reason he was hired to pastor the LGBT-friendly church was that the ruling elders wanted a safe poster child for inclusivity—in other words, they wanted the rainbow flag without letting it fly.
Plus one easygoing, new age kinda guy…
Seth Thomas owns Holistic Healing, a metaphysical shop and yoga studio. He’s never really been a relationship kinda guy, but only because he hasn’t met the right man yet. Seth is laid back and goes with the flow. When fate drops a hot preacher in his lap, why wouldn’t he accept the gift?
Equals a pair of men who click from the start.
The two men find it almost too easy to get together, especially Gabe, who is fully embracing his bi side for the first time. Nothing in life is simple though. While Gabe and Seth are busy falling in love, they face an anti-gay hate group, a divided church, and a ruling elder who is hell-bent on sowing discord. Between Gabe’s patient wisdom and Seth’s snark, the pair fight the growing drama with the strongest weapons in their arsenal: love and humor.
This is the third book in the LOVESTRONG series about finding love and being yourself in a small town, and the third in series. Intended only for 18+ readers, this is an mm romance full of all the fun, fluff, and feels you’d want from an S. Hawke book.
Note: This isn’t a trigger warning, but please be prepared for a few instances of ignorance and hate speech, and mentions of violence. This is a romance, not a sermon—but please keep in mind that the main character is a pastor dealing with real-life issues in his church and these truths are reflected in Gabe.
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 3.5
🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 5
I’m loving this series!!
I loved Susan approach to an openly bisexual reverend! She’s taken great care to craft this story and it shows in these great characters and how they face the hatred, bigotry and homophobia poising their town, Gabe’s church, and their lives.
Gabe happens to be bisexual and happens to be a pastor. He finds himself hired as a poster boy for inclusivity in the LGBTQ community of his small town but is ‘encouraged’ not to act on his bisexuality or he may no longer be the pastor. After this ridiculous shock, an adorable kismet of events happens and Gabe finds himself quickly falling for Seth. Seth’s a fun and cheeky yoga teacher and Gabe and Seth are great together! I loved their banter, sexy times and strength and they stand together to face the new bigotry that has risen in town.
I really enjoyed seeing familiar faces around town and learning more about the other awesome characters. I’m loving this series and look forward to many more stories in the Lovestrong series!
As ever Michael’s narration is perfection!! Brilliant dialects, characterizations and story flow. Although I must his voice for Larry is a bit painful to listen to. It’s so different from all other voices I’ve heard Michael bring to life that I can’t imagine how he managed such a deep throaty voice without hurting himself. I’m interested to see if he kept up this voice for the entirety of Larry story, as I think that would be an extraordinary feet!!
Susan and Michael are a perfect match and this series in a winner for me!!
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