Jared Thomas has lived his whole life in the small mountain town of Coda, Colorado. He can't imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the only other gay man in town is twice his age and used to be his teacher, so Jared is resigned to spending his life alone... until Matt Richards walks into his life, that is. Matt has just been hired by the Coda Police Department, and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims he is straight, but for Jared, having a sexy friend like Matt is way too tempting. Facing Matt’s affair with a local woman, his disapproving family, and harassment from Matt’s co-workers, Jared fears they'll never find a way to be together—if he can even convince Matt to try. (Meet Matt and Jared again in the audiobook A to Z.)
©2010 Marie Sexton (P)2011 Marie Sexton
It was a good book. A solid 4 stars. I wasn't on the edge of my seat in anticipation but I was curious enough in how the plot would play out. The dynamic between the two was interesting enough, if not predictable.
I've read the book already, and loved the story.
Unexpected love is always enjoyable to hear about.
The narrator totally pulled me out of the story. He was rushed, mispronounced words, and had no emotion.
Jared, of course. He's so sweet. And I'd love to see his curls.
Lost in a good book
A better narrator. Very honestly, he ruined the entire book for me.
I didn't make it to the end of the book before I lost interest and started a different story.
No emotion! It sounded like this was the first time he had ever read the book. He was monotone and just terrible.
All charaters were fine - wouldn't cut any.
It is too bad that there wasn't a better narrator. A good narrator could have made this simple, sweet story MUCH more enjoyable and worth the money. Save your money and read the book to yourself.
Mixed. The story is very moving and romantic. The narrator was so flat that it killed a great deal of the enjoyment. With two male main characters, it is essential that you are able to tell them apart in the narration, but I couldn't. I really would like the the rest of the series on audio, but it is the same narrator, so I think I'm going to pass.
More inflection, differentiated voices. Better timing. There were no pauses in really important places, like changes from one chapter to the next--though I guess that is the fault of the editor.
Enjoyed the story line, it was funny in parts. I enjoy books that can make me laugh and have enjoyable love scenes.
The narrator was boring. He read too quickly and when speaking for the different characters, they wasn't any emotion, everyone had the same voice. I won't be able to listen to other books by him. It was just too frustrating.
Jared. I love how open and honest he is. He enjoys his family, he's patient and kind.
I have not read the print version
This book took me by surprise. I didn't read the summary or really pay attention to the cover I bought it because it was on sale and the reviews were good. I had no idea it was about 2 male lovers.
I haven't heard any of his other performances but his voice matched well with how I invisioned the main character to sound.
I wouldn't take any of them out to be honest but not for any particular negative reason.
The book itself was not too bad. Nothing exciting that would set it apart from others in the same genre, but a nice story. The narrator, however, was terrible. I don't know why the decision was made to simply read the story, with no differentiation between characters, but it did not work well. Also, the narrator had a strange inflection that lowered at the end of each sentence, which took a sweet book and made it seem kind of depressing. He did not seem to be familiar with the book, since his tone never seemed to match the material he was reading. Add in the intermittent 70s porn music between the chapters and it made a fingernails on the chalkboard type of grating listening experience. I've read other books by Marie Sexton that I enjoyed, but I would never listen to one of them again on Audible.
It is a five star story. I loved the twist and turns of this romance and it is not often I find a gay romance that I enjoy so much. I read a lot of straight romance because there is so much, but it is surely a nice to run upon a gay romance that is done so well without all the typical gay stereo types. There is sex in this story but the relationship is the main theme and it is hot.
This is told by the main character, Jarred who is gay, and out, but finds himself being challenged by this new love in ways he would never had imagined.
Just a great narration. Easy to listen to and great in his intonation between each character.
Unexpected love. Well, not really since it is a romance novel. But the love the two character find together didn't come easy.
I am hoping that Audible will have available more gay romance. This book is a prime example in the high quality of the new gay romance novels in the market now.
I Love Marie Sexton. let there be no doubt about that. I LOVE promises. It was one of my favorite first m/m romances and remains an insta reread when i'm in a reading slump. That being said. This audio book sucked. I only bought it because it was discounted with me already owning the ebook. I figured i'd give audiobooks a try. This was probably a bad one to start with. The narration was just boring. I could have done a better job and done it for free.
Jared of course.
This is one of my favorite stories, which I have already read 2 or 3 times. I'm glad I had, or I might have rated the purchase much lower. The narrator has a great voice for the character, but he does a very poor job here. First, he does not pause AT ALL - not between characters and not even between changing scenes. It can be very confusing. Secondly, he makes no attempt to vary his narration for different characters. It's not difficult to change tone or phrasing or emphasis to indicate another person is talking. This just feels lazy. Finally, he mispronounce key words: hearsay instead of heresy, etc…
Unfortunately, I love this series so much I purchased all of them before listening. I'm really disappointed that Jones narrates most of the rest of them. Maybe he'll get better. If not, he's going to turn off a lot of listeners to a great author.
"An interesting listen"
When I first started listening to the book I taught it was going to be one of those typical love stories between two men. Boy was I wrong. What a very great listen between love, sexual interest, violence and battling sexual orientation in a small town. Would definitely listen to it again.
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