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Yanni's Story

(Spencer Cohen #4)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,403 ratings  ·  266 reviews
When Yanni Tomaras is kicked out of his family home, his parents’ final words are religious insults and an order to never return. Homeless and desperate, he’s lured in by Lance—charming on the outside, an evil predator underneath—who abuses Yanni until he finds the courage to leave.

Yanni should feel free. But by the time Spencer Cohen finds him, he’s resigned to being hand
Kindle Edition, 446 pages
Published August 27th 2017
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
REREAD January 15, 2019:

I inadvertently reread this book. I say inadvertently because I'm not much for rereading and didn't realize this wasn't a new release when Nic Walker posted the cover on social media.

The story felt super familiar from page one, but it took me until the ninth chapter to realize I'd read it before. I was enjoying it though, so I continued.

I may have liked it even more the second time around. The slow burn was necessary. I love how Yanni took back his own life!

Original rev
This was a hard book to read right after re-reading the Spencer Cohen trilogy. The trilogy was chock full of sunshine and rainbows and dreamy romance and fluffy bunnies. It is the king of feel-good comfort reads. Yanni's story is angsty and sad and heartbreaking and... kinky!

Reading this on its own would be my advice, not right after reading Spencer Cohen. The books are night and day. I did enjoy this one, but I was in the wrong head space, hence the lower star rating for a NR Walker book. I may
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
I know I'll be one of the few odd men out on this one.

A couple of points before I start my review:

1. I love NR Walker, and that won't change despite my thoughts on this book.

2. There wasn't anything wrong with the writing it's simply a case of expectations and preferences. We can't love them all.

Going into Yanni's Story, I was expecting angst, and a book not as slow paced as it was.

-As for angst, it wasn't really there. Yes, Yanni has been through a lot, and we're indicated all he went through,
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
It pains me that I didn't just love that book. I normally love Walker's work, and when I saw she was writing about a Greek character I was over the moon.

I honestly think that it all comes down to my personal preferences as a reader.

For starters, there's nothing remotely Greek about this story apart from the MC's name and the mention of some Greek dishes and desserts (some of which were inaccurate but I won't bore you with details about Greek cuisine). But don't worry, a non-Greek wouldn't even
3 Sugary-sweet-lovey-dovey Stars!! 💕 It was a really low-angst story despite Yanni's background. Not that I didn't like that there wasn't much angst.. but it felt a little too perfect. Everyone was just "too perfect" his new guardians, his friends, his roommates.. Peter as well. So yes, I liked that Yanni was able to regain his confidence, find love and become successful.. it was just unreal. But maybe I'm just being cynical. After-all if the real world was that perfect, why would try to escape ...more
Aug 22, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf, mm-romance, cheeeeze
Unfortunately, this is my first DNF for Walker. But it was WAY too sugary-sweet. The MCs were WAY too perfect. They were WAY too polite, and I was bored out of my mind. Bummer
I love N.R. Walker's books. There's been a few 'misses' over the years, but most of the time, her work is my happy place - her books make me laugh and cry and sigh and blush and sometimes even wiggle with excitement.

Not that kind of excitement, you pervs!

Although... Come to think of it... Sometimes that kind of excitement too. ;)

Her Red Dirt Heart series is - and probably always will be - one of my favourite romance series of all time.

That's why, even when I don't totally love one of her book
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
INFINITE STARS ❤️⭐️❤️⭐️❤️⭐️❤️⭐️❤️⭐️❤️⭐️❤️⭐️❤️⭐️❤️⭐️❤️⭐️❤️⭐️❤️⭐️❤️⭐️❤️!! Absolutely FANTASTIC book :-)!! HIGHLY recommended!! More thoughts to come very soon 😊!!

Everyone reading (or about to read) this book, should read this too: The Whys and The Warnings - N.R. Walker gets into it :-)! I REALLY liked this blog post!!

I am truly BAFFLED by anyone who didn't adore this book, or understand why it was as slow paced as it was. I, for one, absolutely ADORED this :-)!!

Until I find someone bette
Ula'ndi Hart
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall book rating: 4
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 3.8

Sweet, yes. But boy was it loooong. Or maybe it just felt that way. I don’t know.

I appreciated the way that everything didn’t get fixed over night. Don’t get me wrong. So I do understand the need for “long” and drawn out. On one hand it made the whole thing more believable? Yes?

I think after jumping into this directly after the fast packed Spencer Cohen series, might have had an impact on the way I digested this story.

I really really like Pete
Sep 19, 2018 marked it as maybe
Freebie at right now: ...more
BWT (Belen)

It's rare that I would use "lovingly" to describe the narration of an audiobook, but I just kept thinking how much Joel Leslie's narration was so lovingly done. His care for the characters really came through the entire thing.

We first met Yanni in Spencer Cohen, Book Two. When Spencer and his boyfriend Andrew help Yanni it's a complete turnaround for him. Although there are references to the abuse Yanni suffered from his ex-boyfriend, and to a lesser degree his family, Yanni's Story is ultimatel
Kaje Harper
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
N.R. Walker's writing is always smooth and comfortable, and I felt engaged with Yanni, his story and his progress and his ability to figure himself out, although not quite in the way I anticipated. The book is actually fluffier than the topic would suggest, even though abuse history is the driver for several of the characters. I was actually more entertained by the intermittent Daddy-kink issues that the two guys had to get comfortable with and negotiate around. I liked a developing lesbian roma ...more
~ 4.5 stars ~

I really, really liked this book and although it has a very different "tone" compared to the first three books in this series, I actually enjoyed it a bit more. Yes, it is much longer than the other books and yes, it is much darker because of Yanni's past, but it also made me feel more. Book 1 to 3 were light, fluffy, and sweet reads without much angst. Yanni's Story is sweet as well but also sad and very heartbreaking at times.

I actually appreciated that this book is so long (it sp
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In my quest to avoid any and all spoilers, I did not see that this book had a Daddy Kink theme. In spite of most of my friends commenting on it, I was blind and deaf until it slapped me in the face.

This story also involves physical abuse. I shy away from those stories too. But some are alluded to and some are on page. So it really depends on whether I can handle the story or not.

Last but not least, this is a long book with a super slow burn. I usually like those.

Major kudos to Ms. Walker for wri
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I guess am getting softie or something! I mean usually I wouldn't give this book 4 stars because it was too cute and sometimes too convenient despite the fact that it was dealing with a sensitive and heavy topic! But may be am still felling the holidays vibes and I want to believe that the universe has good stuff to offer to those who are suffering! I am pretty sure am rambling but I was so happy to see that Yanni survived what he's been through and that Peter was his safe haven! Yes the book is ...more
This was a very enjoyable, solid 4 star read for me.

Yanni and Peter were both possibly the most adorable, or among the most adorable, characters I've ever read about. Yanni was incredibly kind, sweet, adorable, and good. He just embodied what is good in this world, which makes what happened to him even more heartbreaking. Peter is just as kind and sweet and gentle. The care with which he treats Yanni is incredible. He's the perfect person for Yanni after what happened.

This is the story of how
I was so excited when I picked up this book. I l felt for both Yanni and Peter in the Spencer Cohen books, and I just couldn't wait to read their story. I wanted to get to know them better and find out how they found their happily ever after.

Going into this book I was well prepared for it to be slowburn. I mean how can it not be with everything that Yanni went through, it definitely needed to be. And I'm all for slowburn romances. But there needs to be something that holds my interest in the mea
Rachel Emily
I LOVED this story. If you're looking for a delicious slow burn, some angst, and reading about a beautiful friendship that becomes so much more than that between an older man and his beautiful boy, then I must recommend this book.

It's more serious than the Spencer Cohen series, (and 4 times as long as one of the single SC books,) and in it we get to read about Yanni recovering and taking his life back from the hell he was living in with his abusive ex. Along the way, he finds a new family, make
Guy Venturi
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This really is Yanni's story, but....

It include lots of other characters that are alive and interacting and helping each other. Lance gets mentioned, but has basically destroyed himself as he has destroyed the boys that he had to control with his power over them.

But even as Lance is buried in his own shit, the others support and reinforce the lives and activities of friends and family. There is no emotion better than love, but helping those you love and those in need is much more powerful than l
I took my time with this one. I knew it was long, and I knew it was a rather 'fluffy' post trauma story, I just read a chapter, here and a chapter there and I really enjoyed it :-).

This was absolute fluff, despite the abusive relationship Yanni escaped, everything was very optimistic and about ten step forward one step back. I actually enjoyed reading about the moments he struggled more than when everything was sunshine and roses. But it was absolutely lovely and I found it very easy to read.

I s
4 stars.

“It’s okay not to be okay.”

Yanni's Story will punch you with all those emotions. It's a story about Yanni - as you can tell by the title. It's all about healing, finding yourself, building a future, being happy and comfortable in your own skin. And then finding love.

I'm not going to lie, this was a super slow yet really long book. Nothing happened until the 75% mark. And yes, it makes sense when you read the book why it took as long as it did. I mean I might not be the biggest f
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

Yanni's Story is sort of a spin-off of Spencer Cohen. Technically it's labelled as #4 in the series, but the timeline runs concurrently to events in books #2 and #3 in that series. If you're like me (i.e. reads a lot of books and very forgetful), you may want to do a brief perusal of Spencer Cohen to re-acquaint yourself with the characters.

The story picks up as Spencer has been hired to track down Yanni. It's not his typical case, but he agrees to help if he can. It turns out that Sp
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
I really enjoyed this in the end, but it started out pretty boring. The first half of the book dealt mostly with Yanni's recovery and Yanni and Peter becoming friends. But they didn't acknowledge that they wanted more than friendship until the second half. But I really enjoyed the second half, and the daddy kink is pretty heavy in this one. The book isnt overly sexy, but it's a large part of their relationship and they talk about it a lot. ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was adorable and beautiful to read. Yes it was sweet, and bordered on sappy but all that fluff was needed to support the darkness and angst. I was worried that the first part of the book would be specific about Yanni's torture at the hands of his abuser so I was VERY glad to read that Yanni found safety first as his story unraveled. Domestic violence is a real issue and I'm glad it was addressed- sadly not all people find the level of love that Yanni did but it's surely a reminder to treat ...more
...this gentle, perfect man love me. He never once treated me like I was broken beyond repair...instead, he found beauty in fault lines, like the cracks in my life were what made me strong...

I didn't know that Yanni one day will have his own story. And with Peter, one of Spencer's client no less. From the moment they met after the party Spencer and Peter attended, there's spark between them. The story started from there. Good thing is I didn't have to 'experience' what Yanni had bee
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I am not going to lie, I found this book incredibly boring and skimmed a good part of it. You can Read this book for a detailed account of Yanni's recovery from domestic and sexual abuse.

This book is the anti- "magic dick cures everything." You get to go thru Yanni's slow recovery in minute detail. If you are interested in over 400 pages of that, this book is for you.

Also, I may never read a daddy/boy book again. I think I've grown out of the appeal for that particular thing.
Jun 26, 2019 marked it as dnf
dnf @ 63%

I didn't know there was the daddy thing here, it comes up pretty late in the story. Not my thing at all and I can't bring myself to finish it. Too bad, since Yanni and Peter are quite lovely characters.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
A couple of my friends on here rated this book DNF or 3 stars which is really low for an NR Walker book, so to be honest, I went into this book with low expectations. And for the first 15 or so pages at least, it *was* a bit of a slog to read because it was rehashing scenes that occurred in earlier books and it felt repetitive and expository in places. As I read those pages, all I could think about was "Yep, my goodreads friends are right--this is not Walker's best."

But once the story moved int
✰♥✰ ↠Dominique↞ ✰♥✰
Finally! I'm done! Haha.

Yeah, this wasn't great for me. It is a very sweet story that kind of renews your faith in a working system for abused victims and in human kind in general but... i don't know... i just don't quite believe it?

Having been a victim of a psychologically abusive partner myself in the past, i related to A LOT of passages in this book. I feel lucky to have worked through most of my issues before getting my hands on this books and i loved seing Peter take such good care of Yanni
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it


I don't understand how parents can be so hateful to their CHILDREN!!!

This was a tough one to read around Christmas- the past few years I've helped purchase Christmas gifts for homeless LGBTQI youths in Arizona and this book just brought home how those kids must feel, to be thrown aside just for who they love. It breaks my heart. And it just makes me so angry.

Yanni's story broke my heart, but it was so hopeful, too, because of the wonderful people who came into his life. I ador
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Author also writes as A. Voyeur

N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn't have it any other way.

She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things...but likes it even more when they fa

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Spencer Cohen (4 books)
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