After a kayaking accident took Josh Donald's sight, he's faced with learning to negotiate the world as a blind man. In short order, his boyfriend leaves him behind, making it clear he's not inclined to deal with special needs. Reeling from the blow, Josh flounders. In an attempt to help, Josh's friends take him to a camp for the blind, where he falls for the camp organizer, Charlie Cooper.
Charlie seems to feel the attraction too, but when a horse named Dottie pushes them into a hot first kiss, Charlie resists. He believes he's damaged goods, not boyfriend material. Since the accident, Josh has faced tough obstacles, but the most challenging hurdle of all may be getting Charlie to open up and take a chance on love.
©2013 Lisa Worrall (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!
4 stars for the narration, 1.5 stars for the story, I can't give more than 2.5 stars overall.
I have to start my review with a rant. Authors, don't put false medical information in a book. It is pretty easy to fact check, and when you get a reader with medical knowledge, it may set them off when they read a story with medical information that is so far off base.
Charlie Cooper is going blind, slowly overtime. Now, the author of the story says that it is due to reoccurring cataracts. This is an impossibility. Because a cataract is a clouding of the natural lens, and cataract surgery entails removal of the natural lens, a cataract cannot come back after surgery. It takes only a moment to figure this information out online. Now, there are many other ailments that cause blindness or vision impairment, so why the author chose to not fully research vision impairment is beyond me. Grrrrrrrrrr!!!!!
To top it off, this story features two of my biggest pet peeves: Instalove and "I'm breaking up with you because I'm doing what's best for you." Honestly, unless it's a shifter/mating story, I don't want to see instalove ever again. I mean it. And the "break-up to do you good" plot device just makes me want to RAGE. So tired, so irritating.
Now, the story did have lots of nice features. It is sweet, and there is something very satisfying about two men with disabilities finding each other. However, the negatives far out way any good, in my option.
The narrator of this audiobook, Chris Patton, is one of my favorites from his narration of the highly addictive Adrien English series (Fatal Shadows). However, his narration here was not quite as strong, without as diverse a range of voices and less passion. I'm not sure if it was because of the material, but I wasn't as moved by him, though his performance was the only thing that got me through this story.
Totally irked me, I can't recommend.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
I loved the premise of this story - two guys with similar disabilities finding love in spite of the things that hold them back. Should have been great.
As an avid MM romance reader, I couldn't connect with either of the main characters. The expression "chicks with d*cks" gets thrown around from time to time, but even that doesn't work in this situation. It's offensive to chicks. I have never met a guy in my life: straight, gay, or otherwise, who acts like the MCs in this story. They emote EVERYTHING. No feeling can go unexpressed. The purple prose is excruciating.
What annoyed me the most is that with a LOT of editing (I can't blame Dreamspinner Press for this one, the story needed a rewrite more than an editor) it could have been good. The characters were well rounded, the plot moved along at a decent enough pace. It was just so contrived. Painful to listen to, despite the fair effort of the narrator.
Give this one a miss.
Most liked: pity wasn't part of the overall picture. I least liked some of the terminology and practices; e.g., "stick," when "cane," should've been used, and assisting the main character by grabbing his arm/elbow. Most blind people, myself included, abhor being guided that way. Simple physics: when I take your arm, I'm following a half step behind you, but when you take my arm, you're pushing me a half step in front of you. Do you see the problem with that?
For the most part.
There are other authors; Andrew Grey being a prime example; who aren't fully familiar with disabilities, and misinform rather than educate non disabled readers. Write what you know, and not what you think you know!
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Josh and Charlie seemed to have been made for each other and it was wonderful to be apart of their journey of self discovery and how not even blindness can keep two people who are truly in love apart.
I honestly could not stand Josh's best friend! I loathed that character and especially at the lake accident. Ugh! I was ready to bash him over the head!!! Other than him every other character was a contribution to this sweet tale.
Fabulous narration, sweet story.
This is a great comfort read. This is the story of two men coming to terms with losing their sight in different ways. Josh lost his sight in an accident and with the help of two amazing friends, comes to a camp for the blind and meets Charlie, the camp director. Charlie's sight is deteriorating and he is faced with seeing (no pun intended) if he can practice what he preaches to his campers. Most of the book is really slow and sweet, but the last 25% is very emotional and the narrator does a great job conveying that emotion. He does a great job throughout the book, Worth a credit.
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