Keeping Casey: Keeping Him, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Casey Preston is the guy with the plan. The list-maker. The one who micromanages his own life.
Spontaneously offering to be his best friend’s fake boyfriend to get Ethan’s annoying team captain off his back?
That’s not thinking things through. It’s not even smart, given Casey’s been fighting his feelings for Ethan for years.
Ethan Rain just wants to play hockey and get his college degree. Adding a fake boyfriend to the mix? He doesn’t need that complication.
If Casey were his real boyfriend, though? If he got to keep Casey forever? Now we’re talking.
But what if Casey doesn’t want to be kept?
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 27 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 03, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #210,792 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#607 in Sports Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#12,070 in Sports Romance (Books)
#28,569 in LGBTQ+ Romance (Books)
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Casey Preston has been in love with Ethan since forever. When his father was killed in a freak construction accident, Ethan was the one who kept him from falling apart. Indeed, the interests sparked in him by his father is the reason that Casey is studying archaeology at the college. Shying away from close and personal binding relationships, Casey has had his fair share of flings on the side, yet nobody could ever make him feel the way he feels when he's with Ethan. The hot hockey player has been his closest friend and confident all of his life, and recently Casey has finally come to grips with his feelings toward his best friend. But does he dare to let Ethan come closer into his life and risk losing him, too?
Keeping Casey is an awesome book filled with a plethora of emotions and feelings. The main characters are so into each other, but Casey and Ethan each have a simple, but slightly differing reason for not wishing to deepen the relationship they have together. It is as if each guy wants the other so badly but can't risk coming clean to the other for fear that everything they've built together up to now will all come crashing down on them. Each man has been forced to grieve a parent's death - one has had to bear the load on his own shoulders, and the other never quite has been able to come to grips with the loss. The character development is SUPERB in this novel! The plot is fabulous, as well. I was so rooting for something good to happen to Casey and Ethan, as they have had to suffer so much familial heartache in the past. The secondary characters in the book are phenomenal, too. Theo, Brant and April especially add a wonderful sense of family, friendship and love to the plot, keeping it interesting as well as helping Casey and Ethan see the beautiful thing that's right before their eyes, if they would just reach out and take it.
This book is marvelously written and vividly imaginative!! One of the best I've read, and is very highly recommended!! 5 stars, most definitely!!
I absolutely love hockey sports romances, and I was ridiculously excited when I found out one of the main characters has rheumatoid arthritis and is demisexual (yay for good representation!), but ultimately I was frustrated by the storyline, including an entire third of the book that was completely and utterly unnecessary, and the fruitless miscommunication that drives much of the plot forward.
Almost all of the conflicts in this book could have literally been solved with a single conversation and that drives me up a wall. It's simply a personal preference to avoid stories that feature that kind of writing.
I have enjoyed Amy Aislin's books in the past, but I think it best for me to avoid her new adult stories, although, to be fair, I might just avoid new adult romances altogether from here out because I do not have the chill for it. I lose my damn mind at the absolute childishness and I don't want to be upset when reading a romance.
Dual POV, hockey sports, fake boyfriends, romance, best friends to lovers, low steam, demisexual representation, chronic illness representation, and a happy ending.
Top reviews from other countries
It's not just a friends to lovers plot, this book is so much more. The friendship between the MCs is the type everybody would like to have in their lives. They know each other so well that it's just amazing they hadn't realized their true feelings towards the other. They are so in tune that everybody assumes they are together, which in a way they are (just trust Brant on this one LOL).
I loved their friendship, their moments together were funny but also touching. How they understand and support each other, what they mean to one another... It was beautiful to see that kind of relationship.
I also loved the different subplots in the book, like the homophobia that still nowadays moves around in male sports. Also, how a cronic ilness affects young people and I think it's great that grief is pictured here as something that can be dealt in many different ways.
Like I said, I did love this book from beginning to end. It's sweet, beautiful, moving, funny and romantic. The hot scenes are dealt with in the same loving way and they were perfect.
This book has everything to warm your inside, it's well written and the characters are all wonderful, natural and real. This is a must-read book for everyone and I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
I thought it was going to be a great book to read, and i thought the same for "on the ice"
Both disappointed me, but Keeping Casey disappointed me even more. It's always look le this whenever synopsis give great expectations and the book is rather weak.
Here Ethan and Casey spend the entire book revolving around their feelings for each other, and the fact that Casey always push people away to not get involved.
This concept is told too many times, and I think that I got it the second time it was mentioned.
Their "love story" is nowhere to be found throughout the book, we've been given something almost at the end.
When books are weak, usually there's the steamy part that gives something to relate to, the passion, the spark. The feeling. Here they barely kiss, and suddenly we discover that Ethan is what? Demisexual? He's never been attracted to anyone. But the author doesn't adress it, cause we need to know, again, that Casey need to push him away by leaving him in pain after a bad game.
Maybe I'd have been kinder to this book if I hadn't had to actually pay for it, considering that Amy Aislin is not in Unlimited.
On est en plein dans le friends-to-lovers, avec ces deux jeunes hommes meilleurs amis depuis leur plus tendre enfance, qui se retrouvent à jouer les fake boyfriends.
En fait, quand on les voit, on a déjà l'impression qu'ils sont en couple, car il y a cette complicité, et cette espèce d'évidence tranquille. Et au final, le fait de devenir un "vrai" couple ne change pas grand chose, en tout cas pas à nos yeux de lectrices car c'est vraiment très très sage en matière de baisers, caresses et autres gestes affectueux (et je ne parle même pas du sexe !). L'autrice ne développe pas ou très peu les changements inhérents à ce nouveau statut de leur relation, elle mentionne quelques petites choses ici et là, mais ça reste très survolé.
Les deux héros sont également liés par une perte commune : le père de l'un et la mère de l'autre, et la question du deuil pèse sur une partie du roman, et a façonné la personnalité de Casey, tandis que pour Ethan, c'est la question de la maladie qui marque la sienne.
Quelques thèmes un peu difficiles sont donc abordés, mais l'autrice n'en fait pas trop non plus, elle "joue" plutôt sur la façon dont les personnages réagissent face à ça (Casey étant un champion de la fuite ...). On a donc globalement une lecture douce et tranquille, mais trop plate à mon goût.
J'ai bien apprécié les personnages secondaires, mais j'avoue ne pas comprendre pourquoi Brant n'est quasiment jamais appelé par son prénom, au profit de son nom de famille, alors que Theo, lui, est constamment appelé par le sien. C'était très sympa de recroiser les personnages de la série Stick side !
Une lecture mignonne donc, mais qui manque pour moi de saveur et de relief.