Names Can Never Hurt Me by Wade Kelly ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

o-names-can-never-hurt-meTitle: Names Can Never Hurt Me

Author: Wade Kelly

Narrator: Jack Amber

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Christie Caughie

Story Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 03/21/2016

Length: 11 hours 18 minutes

Genre: Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, New Adult


What if sexuality wasn’t a definable thing and labels merely got in the way?

Nick Jones can’t remember a time when he wasn’t part of the in crowd. Everywhere he goes, he stands out as the best looking guy in the room, and women practically fall into bed with him. Then, after kissing Corey on a dare led to much more and on many occasions, Nick’s “screw anything” reputation escalated, but he didn’t care.

When Nick meets RC at the restaurant where he works, it throws his whole life out of whack. RC lives up to his dubbed nickname “Scruffy Dude.” He seems Nick’s complete opposite, but Nick can’t get him out of his head.

Because of peer-pressure and his fears about defining his sexuality, Nick struggles with stepping out of his comfort zone and caring about someone different than himself. If he’s lucky, somewhere between arrogance and ignorance, Nick might find out what it means to be an adult, but if he’s wrong, he could lose everything.

Story Review:

Names Can Never Hurt Me was reviewed several years ago by Leisa. Click HERE to read it.

While I agreed with the initial rating of four stars there were times I flip-flopped as I listened to the story. Leisa described Nick, the main character, as physically beautiful and vapid and that description couldn’t be more accurate. He is indeed arrogant and self-centered and also more than a little dumb.

Some people might have had an issue with Nick because he is so freaking egotistic and moronic. Hell, he described himself as God’s Gift to Women. Some authors unknowingly create characters who are stupid or do thinks regular people wouldn’t. However, Nick’s stupidity and characterization were purposeful. He was meant to be like that. And for the most part, Nick stayed true to his character throughout the story and slowly grew to be a better man.

I loved Nick and R.C.’s relationship. It was sweet and romantic and thought it built slowly anything quicker wouldn’t have been true to the story. When they finally do get together it is truly explosive.

The supporting characters were awesome. Lots of different people with varied personalities and all unique. My favorite was Nick’s mom who could’ve been seen as overbearing but instead was sweet and caring.

The only niggle I had with the story, and it didn’t affect my enjoyment whatsoever, is that on occasion Nick used certain words in his inner monologue that didn’t fit. But that was really a minor thing. Overall it was an amazing story.

Narration Review:


Jack Amber totally nailed Nick’s inner voice with his narration. He made Nick’s thoughts and whining, which could’ve been annoying or grating, and made it enjoyable.

There are many supporting characters in the book with different behaviors and he made all of them unique.

As far as I can tell this is Amber’s first narration. I will definitely check out any future narrations.

This was a fairly long book but it was always a pleasure to listen to.



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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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