River On The Edge
The story is adequate but the dynamics of the two as depicted through this book & the three follow-ups is amazing. Two men with hang-ups and complicated personalities but who, despite their own intentions, are sexy as hell to each other and to the reader.
WOW!!! What a great story . . . it took me 3/4's of the book to figure who the "bad guy" was. The feelings and mental anguish that Ty & Zane go through not only as FBI agents but as an "almost" couple come across in spades. The narrater makes this story seem like a movie to me.
These guys roll their eyes more than teenage girls--the only major flaw in the writing.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
Well, if you like totally inane dialogue . . . . If you like to listen to incessant sarcastic verbal sparring instead of a murder investigation (of cops, yet!) . . . . You really like M/M romance . . . . You don't really care about having a decent narrator . . . .
Then, this is the book for you!
Seriously, the many rave reviews convinced me I had to have this book right away. After 3 1/2 hours, I can take no more. Maybe, my bad. But I CANNOT believe any FBI agents talk like these two jokers. And what happened to the investigation?
The inane verbal foreplay just did me in.
(Read the reviews as I am definitely in the minority here.)
If you give me something original I will probably like it, regardless of the genre. Stick to a formula and I want to hurl a book at your head.
Do you enjoy emotionless, robotic voices that make you want to tear your hair out? Then this is the book for you!
Honestly, if I could, I would give the performance zero stars. Mister Allerde sucks all the life and fun out of this story. I've often found my thoughts wandering then picking back up and realizing that I've missed about ten minutes of the story and have to listen to it again. It's a big problem for me because I really enjoy detective/thriller stories and LGBT romances. This book is both so it's a great catch! Sadly, I can't stand it due to the grating performance. I even found myself laughing in the more intimate parts of the book because Mister Allerde was just so DEADPAN. Growling, hissing, yelling, talking like a normal human being, all of them sound the exact same: stiff.
BUT, when I found myself actually focusing on the story, I found it quite enjoyable. Ty and Zane are your typical dynamic duo of extreme opposites but they play off each other nicely.
All in all, it was a good book, but the performance basically ruined all of it.
The print version of this book isn't the greatest. It's very much a first book in a series, and the remainder get better as the series goes on. However, the print is, even with its faults, significantly better than the audio.
Honestly, I'm not certain who might have been a better narrator. Sawyer Allerde read the story for me, absolutely. Unfortunately, I can do that myself. I was looking for someone to read the story, to *perform* the story, and this narrator wasn't going to do so. While he was perfectly capable of reading the story, multiple scenes that should have been impactful just weren't. The narrator was just unable to sell the performance as any of the characters, and it took the first hour of the narration was spent trying to determine the difference between the two main characters of the story. Listening was very much like listening to someone read their first pass aloud, without actually having any idea who the characters are, what they should be doing, or how they are interacting - to the point that there is very little emotional investment in the story, and the narration is extremely monotone in places.
Given the summary, I expected things to be a bit more suspenseful and have a nice balance of romance and an actual thriller. Most of the time, however, was spent with the two characters talking to each other and the working out feelings of a young couple. The characters are both full grown men but I do not get that impression. Perhaps it was the narration.
If you're more much interested in a romance than a story, this may be for you. Personally, the interactions between the two main characters (who are both bisexual, by the way. Not gay) seemed force and unnatural. As if they simply replaced a female character with a male one and kept the dialogue the same. The narration made it difficult to discern who was talking at times and female voices sounded forced and unnatural.
I will be ending my listening at the first book, but I could see how others may enjoy this. The story itself was mildly entertaining with potential to be spectacular if the author took the time to do so. As a gay man, it is difficult to find relateable romance material. It seems I will have to continue my search.