The Glow Up (Franklin U. Book 5) by A.M. Johnson #Audiobook #MMRomance #Contemporary #Review #LGBT

Erryn reviews ‘The Glow Up (Franklin U Book 5)’ by A.M. Johnson. This book was released September 22, 2022, and is 303 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Michael Crouch.  It was released on October 23, 2022, and is 7 hrs and 21 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read this book:  I’m intrigued by this series.

Chris Delaney

I’ve promised myself that this was going to be the year to finally buckle down. I’m a junior, and I’ve settled on a major. I’ve got focus and determination. The one thing I haven’t figured out yet? How to deal with the massive crush I’ve been harboring on the guy in study carrel six. I don’t know his name, and some of my friends think it’s time for me to move on, but he has this whole sexy, broody, dark eyes and messy hair thing going for him. And yeah, he seems like he could be my polar opposite. The kind of unapproachable, serious type who doesn’t smile much, but I’d like to think he’s all rays of sunshine underneath his stormy expressions and disheveled demeanor. All that intense energy…I dig it. I want to know him.

The rub? I’ll have to find the courage to actually introduce myself.

Aiden Russo

The college experience is supposed to be parties, drinking, and fun with a few classes mixed in. It sounds pretty amazing, right? For me, it turned out to be endless lectures, avalanches of homework, and copious amounts of caffeine. The study carrel might as well be my dorm room. And that guitar under my bed? It’s got two years of dust growing on it. But this is the life I have to lead if I’m ever going to help my dad. Pre-med isn’t for the weak.

The problem? Loneliness holds me hostage. If only I could find someone willing to break through my ever-present cloud bank, and remind me what it’s like to have fun again.

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My Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect during my first visit to Franklin U, but I have to say I enjoyed myself.  I adored Chris with his boyish charm, his busy schedule, and his crush on Aiden.  And I adored Aiden for the pressure he put on himself.  I wanted to give him a hug and say everything would be okay.

These guys were perfect for each other – and not just because they both play guitar.  Chris was able to get Aiden to lighten up a bit while Aiden got to see life beyond the self-imposed stress he was living in.  The two guys just fit and I have to say I adored Chris’s moms as well.

Teddy Hamilton and Michael Crouch did a great job of narrating the audiobook and I’m so glad I picked it up and I’ll be on the lookout for others in the series as well as other books written by A.M. Johnson.

My Rating:

9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars

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A.M. Johnson lives in Utah with her family where she works as a full-time nurse. If she’s not at the hockey rink with her kiddos, you’ll find her buried in a book or behind the keyboard. She loves romance and all things passionate. Amanda enjoys exploring all genres and bringing life to the human experience.

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