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Rebel

Ballsy Boys, Book 1
Written by: K.M. Neuhold, Nora Phoenix
Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
Series: Ballsy Boys, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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I’m everyone’s friend, but no one’s everything....

I love working for Ballsy Boys, but when you make the kind of videos I do, relationships are pretty damn impossible. Guys find me sexy and want to either be with me or be me, but no one has ever cared enough to see the real me.

Until I meet Troy...who shows up in a banana suit at my door. Long story.

Troy has no problem whatsoever with my job, but he’s determined to keep me at a distance. I get it, he’s been hurt before. But for the first time, a hook-up alone is not enough. I want more with him. Hell, I want everything. But he resists at every step until I’m about ready to give up. What do I need to do to show him that what we have is real and worth fighting for?

Rebel is the first book in the Ballsy Boys Series and is a sexy, emotional MM romance that will make you fall in love with all the Ballsy Boys. While this audiobook and this series do contain some instances of sex outside of the main relationships, there’s no cheating.

©2019 Kyleen M Neuhold (P)2019 Kyleen M Neuhold
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  • songbird
  • 2020-04-02

Horrible narrator

I am never this negative in a review, but Kenneth Obi is awful. His story telling is so fake sounding. It is truly terrible acting. I actually had to switch over to reading this because he was ruining the story for me. Rebel is a porn star and Troy meets him when he is paid by another guy to break up with him. It’s his side job. Troy has issues of commitment but not having sex with a porn star. Rebel falls fast for him and must try to convince Troy to be with him.

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  • Cat
  • 2020-02-14

A great beginning of a series

I loved Rebel and Troy. I loved the characters especially Troy. The storyline was interesting. I was pleasantly surprised by this book and first of a series and will definitely be following the series.
Kenneth obi did a fabulous narration. Everyone had a distinct voice, the pacing is good and it is more acting than reading.

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  • Leezard_Love
  • 2019-08-27

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As is well expected by the synopsis, this book is full of sex and dirty talk. The narration and many different characters threw me off at first but eventually I got it all figured out in my head. Troy was a bit over the top with his commitment phobia, but at least they worked it out for a happy ending. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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  • Phyllida Ludd
  • 2019-08-19

Terrible narration

I loved this book when I read it, but I had a really hard time listening to it all the way through. I felt like the narrator really missed on the interpretation of the story and the characterizations of all the different players in the story. Troy sounded like an over-excited teenager most of the time, no matter what was happening in the story, and Rebel sounded like a total stoner. The inflection of the two main characters never changed regardless of what was going on, and it was sooo annoying. The rest of the characters sounded so similar that I couldn't even guess who was speaking if there was no name attached to the speaker. The other problem was that the enunciation of the narrator was poor and sometimes I couldn't even understand what words he was saying. It's a shame because this book could have been so much better on audio with a different narrator. I have no plans to purchase any of the other audio books in the series if it's the same narrator.

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  • R Keebler
  • 2019-08-12

Narration adds a lot to the enjoyment of the book

This review is very similar to the one I did for the book.

I enjoyed the book a lot. I don’t remember it being this funny though. The narration by Kenneth Obi really showed Rebel’s and Troy’s sweet, fun sides. I usually like to read the book before I do the audio, but in this case the audio would be fine first.

Rebel is one of the of the Ballsy Boys porn stars. He's a nice guy who's happy with his work and life. The men he works with are like an odd kind of family. He sometimes wishes he could find someone to date who isn't bothered by his profession. His current guy doesn't know what he does and for now that's fine with him.

Want to breakup with someone but don't want to tell them yourself? Hire Troy and he will do it for you. Not the best job to have but it allows him to go to school and to work on a mobile game app he is trying to develop.

Troy is hired to break up with Hendrix (better known as Rebel) but he has to do it in a banana suit. When he realizes who Rebel is (his favorite Boy) he immediately convinces him a good way of getting even would be to have sex. Rebel agrees and off comes the banana suit.

Neither is looking for long term. Rebel wants something away from his porn career. Troy, afraid of any closeness, wants the hot sex with someone he's fantasized about. They begin with the sex, then the feelings creep in. You'll have to listen to the book to see how they solve the issues that come between them.

The story is well written and you know with a porn stars as major players the sex will be amazing. This is the first in the Ballsy Boys series.

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  • W.F.
  • 2019-08-09

Spicy and Sweet


I heard so much about the Ballsy Boys series and my expectations were so high that I was afraid it wouldn't live to the hype.

But it does! And I had a blast listening/reading it!

Rebel is the story about Hendrick (aka Rebel) a sweet , romantic and all around nice person and also, one of the most popular and hottest Porn Star at Ballsy Boys Productions .

And about Roy, a commitment phobic, smart and sexy , last year college student, struggling to pay tuition .

Through a combination of circumstances that includes, a bad date, a banana costume, lack of money and luck , our heroes meet and hit it off.

From duck 😏buddies , to friends with benefits their relationship develops to much more. While simultaneously having a lot and I mean A LOT of hot AF sexy times, that I thoroughly enjoyed, but I digress.

Yes, there are a lot of explicitly descriptive, dirty and smutty scenes ; yet there is also an entertaining and engaging plot and narrative.

Kenneth Obi narration was on point and perfect. He acted all the characters , not just read the book.

Looking forward listening other books of the series.

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  • JKS
  • 2019-08-08

Finding love you think you don't deserve

This is a wonderful story about finding and keeping love. After being abandoned be people that were supposed to love him Troy gave up on finding lasting love until he met Rebel. One of my favorite scenes is when Troy goes to NY to be with Rebel.
Narrator Kenneth Obi does a fabulous job and I can't wait to listen to the rest of this series.

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  • Robert Moler
  • 2020-06-19

An excellent, sexy story!

I really got into the romance of this first Ballsy Boys book! I couldn't wait to find out how the love affair of a lonely porn star and a distrustful college student would turn out. Kenneth Obi brought these characters to life and led me to feel that I could understand their perspectives and hangups. If you are into well written gay romance, don't pass this one up!

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  • Bette
  • 2020-05-18

Fabulous🎧📚🎧 Delightful, Steamy & Heartfelt!

I loved everything about this book, from the authors’ wonderful writing style to the fantastic wonderful story and characters they created to Kenneth Obi’s fabulous narration. The storylines are interesting and original, they grabbed my attention right from the start and held it captive straight to the end. This is the type of book that has you smiling and one that you do not want to put down. The characters are likable and easy to related to, I adored both leads, Hendrix aka Rebel and Troy, also adored the other Ballsy Boys and their camaraderie. Rebel is a porn star, he loves his job and the guys he works with. He has dated other men outside of work but once they find out what he does for a living they can not deal with it and leave. When his latest conquest chooses to hire a professional breakup artist instead of doing it himself he was in for a surprise. Troy is a college student and he makes money on the side as a professional break up artist, hired by people who do not want to confront the person they are breaking up with or to humiliate them. And that is how he winds up meeting Rebel from the Ballsy Boys, but instead of doing the routine he was hired to do he does Rebel instead. I love their first encounter, the two just clicked, loved their second encounter at the club too. There is great chemistry between them and Troy has not issues to what Rebel does for a living. Troy does not do long term relationships and while Rebel would like to the more he learns about Troy the more he understands why and doesn’t push him. My heart went out to Troy, he is a great guy he just needs to get past his issues before he loses the best thing that ever happened to him. I love how everything plays out in this book, it is beautifully plotted and there is never a dull moment. There is drama, a touch of angst, some fun, lighthearted humor, heartfelt moments and a great romance, oh and let’s not forget the smoking hot sexy times. Thank you Nora Phoenix and K.M. Neuhold for this fabulously entertaining story, I enjoyed every moment of it!

Kenneth Obi is a terrific narrator and voice artist. He does an amazing job portraying the characters, bringing them to life, giving each their own voice and personality. You could hear how much heart he puts into his work as he captures and projects the characters passion as well as their emotions into his performance. He is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this fabulous listen🎧

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  • LauraSt
  • 2020-05-13

PORNY AMAZINGNESS

This was amazing!
I’m always really hesitant when it’s about sex workers and pornstars because the of the jealousy or how do you make them fall in love while accepting that. I shouldn’t have worried.
This was an amazing story about daring to fall for someone and finally being open to new possibilities.
Troy and Rebel were amazing together. And Rebel is one of my new favorite characters ever. He’s sweet and caring and sexy as hell.
I’ve become Invested in ALL the ballsy boys and I can’t wait to start reading all their stories!