Yes. I enjoyed the story and the performance was excellent. I wouldn't mind spending another weekend with S.T. and Leigh.
The characters were human. They made mistakes, did stupid things, said the wrong things, interpreted things incorrectly... but not in a farcical way. It was very realistic, an exploration of two people who just don't know how to cope with life through anything other than the hard, cold walls they've brought up around themselves for survival.
It's so maddeningly frustrating (in a good way) as a reader to see two characters who are so close to coming together, so close to making something work... only to have the smallest inability to compromise or misunderstanding or reliance on those walls get in the way and ruin the moment.
Both S.T. and Leigh are principled and selfish, and it's really not until they can get through those feelings that they can make real headway in their relationship. All of S.T.'s flirtations and gallant actions and grand gestures are a suit of armor against having his heart broken again, and Leigh's self-imposed coldness and anger and fear have the same effect.
Each character keeps making assumptions about what the other wants, about their own lack of self-worth and fatalistic ideals of how anything could ever work between them... without actually sitting down and talking about it truthfully and openly.
But once the shields come down and they finally decide to be honest with each other... it all comes together.
Everything was beautiful, it's really difficult to say. I can't choose between S.T. and Leigh, really. And Nemo and Mistral--which he performed even if there was no speech.
There were a few small laughs out loud, lots of smiles or times when breath caught in my throat. I didn't cry, but there was one point in the last couple of hours when I nearly did.
I was so unbelievably thrilled to see more books narrated by Nicholas Boulton that I picked up these by Laura Kinsale even though I normally don't enjoy romance novels in general. I was not disappointed by either of them. She's a gorgeous writer and he's a magnificent narrator with a talent for actions and emotions, languages, accents, and an overall undeniably perfect talent for storytelling.
If any more of Kinsale's books are released here and narrated by the same, I'll definitely buy every single one.
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