Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!
I'm SO conflicted on this story! Everything from the audio narration to the plot is just pulling me in two different directions! I settled on 3.5 stars, but there were parts that I loved and parts that I didn't care for.
I'll start with the narration, which tends to make or break audiobooks for me. I should have disliked this narrator (Michael Pauley). First of all, he is an American dude reading for characters who are clearly British, which is WEIRD! I was really puzzled by the narrator choice because the delivery of certain lines just sounded off with an American accent. Also, he has one voice, ONE, and he uses it for everyone, male or female. Finally, during the sex scenes, as the action picks up, so does the speed of his voice. Picture a sportscaster or an auctioneer getting more and more excited as things start getting heated. It was... odd. But, crazily enough, I enjoyed Michael Pauley! I think it is just that his voice is so sexy sounding... or maybe it was his acting skills. Either way, I was NOT displeased by the narration, though it was not my usual flavor.
In terms of the book, I was expecting to LOVE it. Gay first-timers are my thang, and so I was expecting to drool all over this one. And while the sex scenes were REALLY hot, and I liked the chemistry between the two men, nothing really happens during the story. I mean, NOTHING. It is light and low drama, but the whole plot centers around communication issues. It is easy, enjoyable reading, but not I-want-to-die-this-is-so-good amazing.
Overall, I'd recommend this for people looking for a short, sexy listen that features lot of sexual exploration and not a whole lot of plot.
**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
I could listen to K.C. Kelly recite the phone book and I think I would be in heaven. DAMN he had a perfect voice for this book! I'm not sure if he is Hispanic or Native American but he had that soulful, deep, perfectly accented tone to his voice that fit this book like a glove.
I love Rowan Speedwell. She consistently and artfully produces stories that never fail to touch me. This one was no different. Admittedly, cowboys are not my thing and neither are guys in the closet. However, this one worked for me.
I enjoyed the slow burn relationship between the two MCs and the angst in this book. What? I love being emotionally shredded! However, I thought that Joshua was a bit too stubborn and pig-headed for me to fully relate to him. I wanted more from his character, more something. He went back and forth with his feelings so often that I got whiplash. And while I certainly felt the beginnings of love between him and Eli, I felt like the romance could have used more marinating.
I probably would have given this book 3.5 stars or maybe 3 stars for the content if it wasn't for the spot-on narration that elevated this book to a work of art. I'll be looking for this narrator in the future, you can be sure!
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**