One moment...that's all it takes for life as you once knew it to change irrevocably. For Michael Kingston, that moment was when he first laid eyes on Gabriel. In his life, Michael had only known darkness, leaving behind a broken shell of a man. Unspeakable memories of his childhood constantly plagued him, causing him to disconnect emotionally from the world. No one had ever shown him love; therefore, he believed that he was unworthy of it. And then everything changed.
Gabriel Greyson had always been different. Growing up in a small, Bible-thumping town, his preferences for men, makeup, and fashion made him an outcast. But, with the support and love of his family, he overcame obstacles that were thrown his way and rose above the intolerance. He danced to the beat of his own glammed-out drum and refused to believe that he was anything other than ultra-fabulous. Working as a beautician, he had a job he adored and felt that everything was perfect in his life. Everything except for true love.
When these two unlikely men meet, sparks fly. For the first time in Michael's life, he feels like he can overcome the darkness inside him. Gabriel gives him hope and slowly brings him out of the shadows, showing him that even the darkest of souls can be redeemed. But there are secrets that Michael keeps locked away. Michael's fear is that Gabriel will turn away from him when he discovers the truth. After all, who could ever love a beast?
©2016 Sarah Davis Brandon (P)2016 Sarah Davis Brandon
I really enjoyed this listen. The contrast between Michael and Gabriel really worked for me. I loved the way Michael loved Gabriel. And Gabriel was just what Michael needed to start to address his brutal childhood trauma. Gabriel's character was over the top flamboyant, light drag, with a great supportive family. And Michael was super dark, alpha, attorney, introvert with PSTD. The author made them make total sense as a couple. The narrator's performance was stellar and he really brought the story and characters to life. I look forward to the next book.
I did enjoy this book, and i Think it is a classical HEA story. One ting irritated me and that was the fact tha the abused MC refer to himself as a beast and tha is why noone Wants him. Does not really make sense - worthless, unlovable and so On - that i understand but there is not really an reasonable explanation for "beast". And i am not really into crossdressing but liked the Way Michael accepts and likes that part of the other MC. The narrator was fine, not going into my top ten narrators but would listen to another book narrated by him.
Yes, loved the narrator, loved the storyline.
The relationship between Michael and Gabriel. They were so sweet and adorable together.
His voice was very sexy as Michael. Thought he did a great job.
Gabriel would be a lot of fun to go to dinner with. He has a sassy attitude.
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