I went to war, running away from myself. I came back in pieces to find out who I really was....
It took me nearly 10 years, two tours in Afghanistan, and losing a leg to come to terms with who I really am. Two years after coming back from war, I can say that I'm finally content. I'm as fit as ever, my prosthetic leg allowing me the freedom of moving and exercising as if nothing has changed. I own a small bakery in the center of Cambridge, and I have a loyal circle of friends that I can always count on.
Yet, there's something missing. A part of me craves the intimacy, the deep connection to another human being. But another - bigger - part of me is terrified of letting anyone in.
My internal conflict didn't stand a chance when I met Jay. He stormed through my defense walls like a hurricane, wrapping around me with gentle force until I had no choice but to surrender.
Surrendering has never felt so good.
Will Jay want to stay when he sees the real me? When he sees the nightmares and insecurities clawing at my soul?
My name is Amir Gopal and this is my story.
©2016 Teodora Kostova (P)2016 Teodora Kostova
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Teodora Kostova has a way of making you love her characters. This story dealt with some harsh realities that are often glossed over; either due to lack of research, or fear of screwing it up, for lack of a better phrase.
The story was sweet, with insta-attraction, instead of the insta-love I have seen in some of her other works. I usually don't enjoy those, but I have yet to find a book of hers that I have not thoroughly enjoyed.
I have never heard a book narrated by Alexander Doddy before now, but I give him a solid 4.5 stars. He really brought the characters to life, and I always love when a narrator acts out the story (coughing, yawning, etc.). It really brings me closer to the characters; making them more real, more relatable. There was one thing that keeps me from giving a full 5 star rating, though. Throughout the book, he would pause at inappropriate times; in the middle of a sentence or a thought, and that really bothered me. But, overall, excusing that, he was exceptional.
I will definitely be listening to more books by this author (I already own all the others), and if the opportunity presents itself, I will be pleased to hear from the narrator again as well.
I love this story, Cookies, so I jumped at the chance to review the audible version for the author who provided a copy for review.
The narrator of this book, Alexander Doddy, is a little different than other narrators I've listened to. He has a very thoughtful and slow paced way of speaking. It was something I had to get used to at first but that's not negative. It was just a reminder to me to slow down and enjoy.
Alexander brought the beautiful story of Amir and Jay to life! I highly recommend all versions of this book!
I’m going to pull the silly American routine and say that I absolutely loved listening to this book and Mr. Doddy’s performance of it simply because of his accent. I could listen to it ALL DAY! His performance was full of emotion and I felt everything right along with all the characters.
With a name like Cookies, I was totally expecting a light hearted read. I didn’t read the synopsis because I really like this author’s work and had no doubts I’d love it. And I did…but it’s not as light hearted as I expected. There were several light hearted moments and the banter between Amir and Jay is adorable but this is a pretty heavy yet really, really good read/listen.
Amir is still suffering the effects of his time in the military. At times he seems to have adjusted to civilian life effortlessly and other times his flashbacks are debilitating. He is ashamed of his scars. He has struggled with his sexuality because of his father. Because of all of this, he lacks self-confidence and feels unworthy of anyone’s love and affection. Jay is a self-confident, sexy, quirky young man. He and Amir are immediately taken with each other. They are the perfect balance for each other. They help each other grow and become stronger together.
The entire supporting cast was really strong and I’d love to see a story with Greg and Shane!
Wonderful wonderful story everything about this was perfect -- with the book and the audio I get so emotional-- Alexander was so perfect as the narrator- wonderful voice .
A sweet story of Amir, a military veteran who returns home after being blown up in Afghanistan and loosing his leg during his last deployment. He finds comfort with his life after opening Cookies bake shop. His life begins to change when one of his customers catch s his eye.
The narrator, Alexander Doddy was good.
The one issue that I did not like we're the fairly long periods of silence that occurred. These pauses were not the fault of the narrator. It seemed like a production problem. It would not have been bad had the pauses occurred at the start of a chapter, but sometimes it was during a change in dialogue and the flow of the story was occasionally interrupted. Otherwise, the audiobook was great!
I loved the journey this story takes you on. Amir and Jay could not be any more different from each other, yet they are exactly what the other needs. This story is about love and acceptance. From yourself and from your partner. This is a beautifully told story of healing from both internal and external wounds.
I loved this book. I loved how the characters could see past the physical flaws and still fall in love with each other's self.
Amir is very skeptical and feels like people are feeling sorry for him and only looking at his physical appearance. He meets Jay and they develop and great love for each other while I feel Jay is helping Amir get through his PTSD.
I feel these two characters together make each a better person
It was a great, sweet love story
The story is very sweet, but the sound quality isn't good, and even though I love the British accent, the narrator's strange pitch and timing was sometimes more of a distraction than an enhancement.
"Wonderful feel good read"
I loved this as a book, so was eager to hear the audio. Alexander Doddy does a good job of the voices and characters of all the players. I just didn't understand some of the phrasing, the odd stop mid sentence in an awkward place.
I'd definitely recommend this to anyone that likes low angst, but plenty of feeling.
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