Todd Burton has had enough of small-town Buckman. His abusive stepfather calls him a fag; his friend Austin makes him realize he may be gay, but Todd doesn't want to admit his stepfather is right; and he dreams of being a chef. Three good reasons to flee his hometown and pursue greener pastures. But when Todd reaches the big city, his luck runs dry. Soon he can't pay his rent and gets evicted. In the middle of a snowstorm.
Gabe Richards is a wealthy businessman with enough wounds of his own to make him afraid of ever being intimate again. But when he sees Todd outside his building, freezing to death, he takes pity on him and takes him in from the cold.
To their mutual surprise, Todd and Gabe find themselves drawn to each other. "One night" turns into a week. Maybe letting a man in from the cold can melt the ice around Gabe's heart - and maybe getting evicted will turn Todd's luck around.
©2013 B. G. Thomas (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
This was a really sweet and fluffy read. Charlie David is one of my top ten narrators and he delivers again in this one. This is an insta love with a strong "pay it forward" theme. Pretty predictable, but still a nice listen. The only negatives are personal pet peeves of a lot of inner monologueing and characters "thinking" something and then saying "did I say that out loud?" Honestly, do people really do that? There is also an overuse of the fa**ot word IMHO. Worth a credit.
I might have reduced the amount of repetition of Todd's inner demons. I got the point and the repetitive quality of those fears got to be a bit annoying.
Narrator Charlie David, (a bit of a celebrity from his own book Mulligans and the movie made from it), was a great choice and did a credible job of portraying all of the main characters and carrying the main narrative thread. However he could have used a bit more rehearsal or another take on some sections. It was a bit jarring to twice hear him misspeak saying "kitchen" when the word was "chicken" and to hear him mispronounce "dash hound."
This could easily make a great movie but for limited venues such as GLBT film festivals
When lonely Gabe Richards let scruffy, destitute Todd Burton into his building foyer on that snowy night little did he expect that he'd soon be letting him into his apartment... and his heart. And small town boy Todd couldn't believe the man's kindness when no one else in Kansas City or in his whole life had really been kind to him before. Can these two lonely souls together find shelter from their storms?
I've always been a sucker for stray pups and lost boys and this story had its full measure of that appeal but it was more as well. It was sweet story of coming out, coming to terms, and overcoming years of prejudiced rhetoric. The main characters and the supporting cast are all charming and a treat to spend time with. Todd's inner monologue is sometimes a bit repetitive but it has that "hamster on a treadmill" quality that is so true of many guys first realizing that they can no longer lie to themselves about being gay.
This is a bit of a fantasy fulfillment story for all parties and it was a light feel-good read for the most part but there were some scenes involving the guy that broke Gabe's heart and confronting Todd's parents that transcended the norm and forgiveness and redemption were given their due as well. Also this was in large part about a man who loved to cook and the cooking and dinner party scenes were well crafted and enjoyable.
I liked the narrator of this book very much.
the narrator voice and interpretation of the characters
I'm Married 25 years with 5 sons. I love romance anything to do with love, love and more love. I am officially a audible junkie :)
I thought this book would be different than it turned out to be. It wasn't very interesting and i couldn't get into it at all. I think it would be a good book for someone trying out the m/m genere for the first time, I love Charlie David but not so much in this book.
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