‘Gay Indeed’ by Lara Hale #Audiobook #LGBT #Review #MM #Contemporary

Erryn reviews ‘Gay Indeed’ by Lara Hale. The ebook was published October 22, 2020 and was 199 pages.The audiobook version of this story was narrated by J.R. Pyfferoen, released February 25, 2021 and is 4 hrs and 39 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read this book:  I’m always up for trying a new author.


My name is Tobias Spencer, and as a small-town boy from Maine, it was always my dream to live in Boston. I finally made it; I just wasn’t expecting for my bad luck to follow me from Millinocket and leave me homeless at the mercy of kind people…person, at the mercy of a kind person who I now call my boss. My hot, perfect, broody, kind, and very straight, boss. 

Working with Harvey Breevort is the best thing that happened to me in this city. Working with Harvey might be the worst thing that happened to me in this city. I want him; I crave him. Maybe…maybe I even need him.


Setting up Tobias on a date surely backfired; I wasn’t expecting him to like this guy at all. They don’t even look good together. I mean, he is attracted to me. He does his best to hide it, and even though it’s not reciprocated, I don’t mind that his cheeks get all red and flushed when I swim in my pool, which is why it pisses me off that he likes this guy that looks so much different to me. 

Tobias should be consistent, right? If he likes muscles, then he should go looking for someone that looks like me. Not me, definitely not me! But he should at least…look like me. Shouldn’t he.

*Includes mature content.
This is a gay romance story.

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My review:

I’m always game to try a new author.  Throw in a new-to-me narrator and, of course, I have no idea what I’m going to get.  This review has been tougher to write because there were things I liked about the story and things that I didn’t love.

This is a quirky love story.  I don’t know if the peppiness is all down to the narrator, or if the book itself reads that way.  However it comes about, this is a very upbeat story with quirky humor.

I liked Tobias.  Small town boy, lost metaphorically in the big city, pretty much needing to be rescued.  I liked Harvey.  A man secure in his manliness but who also has a tender side.  He brought Tobias into his home and gave the young man a job because, frankly, Harvey’s a good guy.  What he can’t figure out is why he’s so possessive of Tobias.

The story took some interesting turns but when things get rough for Tobias, Harvey is there.  Over and over again.  We all should be so lucky to have a Harvey in our lives.

I got my happy ending which is always important to me and I have to say J.R. Pyfferoen is a good narrator.  Very…perky.  A cute read and I’d definitely try both the author and the narrator again.

My rating:

8/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 4/5 Stars

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Writing an ‘About Me’ section should be easy, right? Especially when you are a writer. Believe me, it isn’t. Writing about oneself is more difficult than coming up with an entire story because you can judge the characters, improve them, and/or make people hate them. You can control all emotions felt toward them. You can’t do that with yourself.

I am thirty-two years old, and I first started writing in 2018. After a back injury that changed my lifestyle and my willingness to do pretty much anything fun, I decided to start reading, which I always said I hated—ironically.
Funny how the right story can change your entire perspective, right?

I started reading romance novels; I found them so exciting and packed with emotions. I often found myself crying over something someone made up and I couldn’t believe a book could have that much power. Then one day, I decided to write my own story—Against All Odds. I can tell you with certainty that the story needs to be completely re-written because of all the mistakes in it, but I’ve learned so much since I first started. The one thing I learned about myself that surprised me the most was that I was apparently good at this writing thing. That, I never saw coming.

At first, I started writing what most people see as “regular romance novels,” but it wasn’t after I read the first Gay Romance that I understood, MM Romance was my thing. I love writing about two men exploring life as no others know, sometimes not even themselves. There is just something so powerful about men putting their guards down for each other. Plus, the steamy times can get wild. I like creating flawed characters that make mistakes, characters that go through anything us human beings can go through. One of my favorite things to do when I write is research. Why? Because I love educating through my stories. I love showing people that it is okay to love who you love regardless of their gender. It is okay to make mistakes and learn from them. It is okay to make jokes and find comedy through the most challenging times.

I love animals and I believe all animals have the right to live and breathe like any other sentient. I have two dogs, both of them rescued/adopted. There is Thunder, the big brother, the protective grumpy one, and then you have Lightning, the crazy one that runs into anything and trips over his own feet.

I don’t have much more to say, for now, other than to ask you to be kind because I am a newly self-published author without the funds to pay for a professional editor yet.

Thank you always,

Lara H.XO 

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