Oliver and Samuel's relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.
The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn't believe he can find that connection again. He doesn't think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who's wanted him all along.
When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he's ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house - Sam's house - and lets them in. Ollie doesn't know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.
©2016 Indra Vaughn (P)2016 Riptide Publishing
I really loved this book when I read it in ebook format and I truly believe this narrator brought out the best in this story. His voice was wonderful and his reading emphasized all the emotions this story evoke the first time I read it. I was in tears more than once over These men always missing those opportunities to be together. Omg this story was just so well done I don't know how else to show my love for it. I will def. be listening to this one again and again.
The author pulls you into the story quite nicely. The accent of the narration is to die for. Enjoyed the story immensely.
OMG. Kleenex, chocolate and wine. That’s what you need to get through this book. WOW!
If there were some angst, poured on top of an angst pie with some angst icing… that’d be this.
First, Oliver loses the PERFECT guy (Sam) to a stabbing.
Then, Sam’s family acts like a-holes and tries to take away the house they’ve been building together.
Then Sam tries to date (months later) but it doesn’t work out and then he finds out his best friend has been crushing on him all this time only he’s bi and he also slept with their female bestie while she was on a “break” with her boyfriend and then he also slept with someone else who got pregnant who then had the baby and had post partum depression and now he has to raise the baby for them both and now … gasp….
So. Much. Drama.
It felt a bit like being in an ocean. One wave would crest then another would hit and knock you down again.
I just wanted poor Olly and Thomas to find some happiness!
It does finally happen but not without a LOT of work.
So – be warned – if you’re interested in an easy-going love affair – keep looking! This is really well written but soooooo angsty.
I think there was a lot of realism in the story and that made me really happy at times but also kind of brought me down, too. I definitely didn’t get enough “it’s all good” time with our MCs – not to balance the boat load of sadness that we had to wade through to get to our happy.
However – the narration saved this book for me. I LOVED it! Craig Beck is a new to me narrator, but he was so easy to listen to. He also gave each of the characters a vaguely different accent so it was easy to tell who was speaking and it wasn’t quite British but leaning that way so it felt foreign enough to be in Antwerp (I have no idea what accents there would sound like … but I enjoyed Craig’s interpretation.)
I don’t know that I would have stuck with the book, but I absolutely loved listening to this story and was really glad I’d made it to the end.
I think, for fans of long, long heroic journeys with a SLOW burn romance, you’ll like this story.
Overall 4 of 5 stars
"I didn't love it as much as I had wanted to"
It depends on the expectation.
I went into this book with truly high expectations because of the plot. I love the stories that involve people getting over the death of their first love; when it takes the main characters a long time to get together; when the sex scenes are limited or stylistic depict and a child aspect's included . But there are many bumps along the road to be told in such short length book. Despite the fact that it is a slow-paced love story the issues that came up were a little more. Ollie was overly victimized. It seemed like every a couple chapter had some new level of angst. I felt as if a lot of themes were mixed in, without enabling every one of them to be unraveled in enough depth.
The writing in the first half and Oliver’s struggles in the aftermath of Samuel’s death were absolutely heartbreaking and outstanding.
Craig Beck did a not-bad job. Frankly, the major problem here was with Thomas' voice. It sounded too emotionally immature. The differentiation of each of characters were not maintained throughout the book.
All in all, I didn't love this book as much as I thought I was going to but it was an enjoyable read and I'm glad I didn't pass it up!
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