Setting the Score
By Eden Winters
Narrated by Joseph Morgan
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
Outed and dumped on national television by his rising star boyfriend, Joey Nichols must face the bigotry of the locals in his small Southern town alone. His dreams of a happy-ever-after lie crushed at his feet.
Novelist Troy Steele has an axe to grind against Hollywood heartbreaker types. Transforming Joey into a gorgeous, unobtainable hunk would be payback worthy of Troy’s poison pen. It’s a brilliant way to get back at Joey’s image-obsessed ex-boyfriend and the movie producer who’s mutilating Troy’s novels.
What begins as simple revenge may tangle them together in something far more complicated. Living well may be the best revenge, but Troy and Joey could rewrite that to loving well.
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
🔥🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 4
🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 4.5
A wonderful story of betrayal, growth, real love and a little sweet revenge!
I loved Troy (aka Oren) and Joey! Perfectly matched and a sweet and steamy connection that is a bit of an occasionally torturous slow-burn that helps each character become better and grow and heal!
My heart broke and I was so angry at Joey’s ex (Riker) at the start of this story. I was outraged at the injustice of such actions and easily hated the self-entitled d*^k and loved Joey’s growth, healing and sweet revenge (that wasn’t even needed but still great to witness and Eden delivers this perfectly!). I couldn’t believe Riker/a person could do something like this and felt for Joey as he was thrown aggressively out of the closet and the repercussions he and his family had to deal with were saddening. I loved the family support, love and united front in the face of such rampant homophobia.
Enter Troy and the spark of a new path for everyone. I loved Troy’s reclusive nature and bashful/embarrassed acceptance of praise and accolades. I enjoyed how he tried to keep Joey at a distance, while trying and helping him open up about his sitiuation, life, love, and future all in the name of research. This ‘research’ very quickly began to feel like more and continually had enjoyable teasing and simmering undertones. I loved how matched Troy and Joey were and I loved seeing the grow Joey made in leaps and bounds as the story progressed.
This is a story of passion, growth, past healings and finding “the one” in a way and I just loved it!
Great narration by Joseph and I loved how each character had a different dialect and I could feel the hatred even more with his rendition of Riker and Ian. Great work, great story, great creation! A very enjoyable listen!
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