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.
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.)
These guys roll their eyes more than teenage girls--the only major flaw in the writing.
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 biggest problem I have with this book, beyond the constant adverbs, I mean come on not every action or dialogue tag needs an adverb, and as a healthy bit of advice, when someone says something "quietly," they're whispering. So say "he whispered" instead of "he said quietly" and it improves your story tenfold. No, the biggest problem I had is the general feeling that the writers know nothing about men relating to one another or to people they have crushes on beyond what they learned in grade school. Every interaction before the two characters have sex is just sniping and something that I think is intended to be banter. It's the age old idea that when a boy likes you, he punches you. No, that actually does go away at some point, and I wish the authors knew enough about men to know that. Some playful back and forth is fine, and it's expected really. But literally almost EVERY SINGLE WORD they say to each other is some kind of snipe or insult and it's not cute. No one actually talks like that. Everything here from the adverbs in the narration to the dialogue itself would have benefited from actually being read aloud during the editing process and it feels clear the writers couldn't bother.
It would be fine if the sex were actually hot or more plentiful, but even that's bogged down in crappy and unbelievable characterization, horrible writing, and a poor sense of the space the characters occupy. I was often left wondering "Wait, where is he now? Oh wait, he got out of the shower? When did that happen?" I wanted to like this, but the horrible writing took me totally out of the story and left me unimpressed.
The story was so much fun! The characters were awesome. Usually, in a story like this, I end up liking one of the lead characters over another as my favorite. This is a case where I enjoyed both characters throughly. Love that you get points of view from either character as you get into the story. So you have a bit of what each character is going through, what they see, feel and or thinking.
I loved that they gave each other crap! I must admit I was hesitant about Zane. Not hesitation as a literary character but my own life experiences and issues with people in my life who are in the lifelong struggle with addiction. Which is good that the story was that well done to bring out that emotion. I was worried I was going to end up wanting Ty to
cut and run and it would turn into a major rant about Zane.
I have to admit that I'm not a fan of a lot of angst in my stories. A remnant left over from me picking the wrong YA books or heavily angsty adult books. This story though, it has angst but it felt different. Sure, the guys skirted around certain topics. They were not willing to blurt out every single one of their secrets right out of the gate. You can tell there is so much more to learn about these guys. They were willing to go only so far but they often got to the point and they said what they meant. Well, relatively so. They aren't willing to admit how deep things have gotten between them, but that's good. It's not only believable but a welcome change from the usual instant love. Which is cool but sometimes in this case, specially when I like the characters, I want the slow burn. You get to see things develop more organically between them within the story. Love that.
Now about this reader. He was cool but... I think it was a little hard at times to tell which characters was speaking at certain moments. There was little change between either character voice and his narration voice. Also, the way he did female voices? I don't think it's completely necessary to pitch your voice THAT high. Soften it, yes but not necessary to exaggerate it. We get it, it's a female character.
Just trying to find my next great read
There were moments that I really enjoyed in this book but others that I thought were okay. I mean it was a great love story and I loved the mystery, but something was missing and I can't put my finger on it.
Sawyer Allerde did an amazing job with the narration. The only problem was when he did the female voices, but there were very few females in the story.
Well this was interesting, I should have read the blurb on this one. It was a good FBI storyline however it could have been shorter. Interesting reading/listening about gay/bi-sexual men exploring their emotions etc. Narration was good.