It isn't true love until someone gets hurt.
Sam's a new man. Yes, he's still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he's wised up. His one true love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He's cultivated the necessary fortitude to say "no" to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.
Until he meets Ian.
Ian's a new man. He's pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now - possibly - ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He's going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn't looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.
Until he meets Sam.
Sam's convinced that Ian is no one's Mr. Right. Ian's sure that Sam isn't his type. They can't both be wrong...can they?
©2013 Anne Tenino (P)2016 Riptide Publishing
Wow! I had forgotten how wonderful Anne Tenino is as a writer until this re-read/listen I did this year.
In order to fully appreciate this, you have to go back to the free read – Whitetail. There we are introduced to Jurgen, Sam and Nik and then the sequel The Fix for our first glimpse of Miller and Ian.
But… technically you can understand what’s going on if you haven’t read them…
In any case, Sam is a big, obviously gay, gangly, dork who stands over 6 feet tall but is terribly thin no matter what he does. He reads romances voraciously and has a running commentary in his mind about how life mirrors various romantic tropes. In his case, he considers himself Too Stupid To Live… the hero/heroine who always opens the door in the haunted house, chases the dog in the storm, explores the basement when there are mysterious noises…you get the idea.
He meets Ian, Jurgen’s cousin, at Nik’s party and falls instantly in lust. But Ian is a player, closeted, and … well… kinda mean. He tells Sam he’s not attractive and gives him the brush off. But later… well, something changes and Ian gives Sam some attention that leads to super hot smexy times. Now, neither man can forget the other, but neither knows how to navigate this “relationship” – whatever form that may take.
Ian is the broken, tragic hero. He needs to do a lot of self exploration before he can be worthy of our hero – Sam. Luckily he has Jurgen and a therapist to help him – or he’d really mess things up!
This is an hysterical, sweet, super HOT and very touching story. Full Stop. All the angst (well – except for a bit at the end) is about the relationship and the two finding their way to each other. I LOVE that. Love that the bulk of this really is about the romance.
It’s hard to like Ian – and the first time I read this I don’t think I saw his appeal. Now, years later, I can see the turn around for what it is and just how awesome he is. Sam is easy to love, though you want to strangle him at times, as well.
In any case – this is a wonderful story- truly romantic and with some amazingly hot smexy times thrown in to make things even better.
5 of 5 stars
Tobias Silversmith is a new narrator for me and I didn’t quite love his performance. His dialog was delivered well and he had a great grasp of emotion. I liked that he attempted unique voices for the characters but his pacing on the non-dialog portion seemed hurried and flat. His voice is a little breathy and nasally so it wasn’t as pleasing as some of the other narrators in the genre. It’s still a good way to listen to this but it wasn’t my favorite.
4.5 of 5 stars overall for the audiobook
The story is not one you havent heard before but it is told with some humor and the Two friends Sam (the one MC) and Matt are kind of Funny and their Logic is absolutely not helpfull when trying to advice eachother On something. So that Raises the book a little above the others of its kind. I would probably have given it 3.5 if that was possible because i Think that its a long Way from reaching 5 but still better Than medium. So all in all, not bad, there are some really Funny parts, but i will probably not remember it in a months
Much better than I was expecting. At first I really hated Ian. But he redeemed himself beautifully. I adored Sam and I'm so happy he got his HEA. I thought this would be a sweet funny story and was pleased to find out the sex scenes were pretty hot and plentiful.
I don't like giving negative reviews. Most of the time I always gives very positive or none at all. The concept of this book actually is very good but I have to say the writing is very poor. Absolutely no character development. The book is just pretty much sex, and trust me I love that hit sex in a books, and lots of it. I also like a storyline , I like to get to know my characters, I love a good plot, and I love a good romance. I love the building up to the romance, I love the tension between the two main characters, and this book had absolutely positively none of it. And the narrator sometimes I get confused on which character he was because he would not change his voice
Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!
I originally read this book two years ago and adored it, and I stand by that review, which you can find here. However, re-reading an old favorite changes things a bit. This time, I listened to it in audiobook format, and I think that definitely affected my opinion of the story.
First I'll talk about the narration, which was done by newbie narrator, Tobias Silversmith. Now, the narrator did a decent voice for Sam, but I wasn't that crazy about the voice for Ian. It didn't have enough differentiation for me, and I didn't think it was strong enough to reflect his character. I also had some issues with the editing, which was choppy and noticeable at times. There would be a slight change in volume or tone to sections that were transitions or later edited in, and I found those little details to be distracting. The sound quality also wasn't great, with a very "home recorded" quality to it, instead of that buttery, clear sound of some of the more mainstream audiobooks.
I wavered between liking the narration and thinking that it was so-so, and I have to classify this one as a book where the narration lowered my rating versus boosted it. I'm hoping that this narrator hones her (while the narrating pen name is male, the narrator is a transwoman) craft over time and works on being careful with the different tones of each character. The narrator also sounded sort of breathy at certain moments, and I think a stronger voice would have helped.
In terms of the plot, this book was still adorable. I loooooved skinny, insecure Sam and his obsession with classic romance tropes. He was slightly kinky, totally lovable, and a very well-conceived character. I also really liked Ian, and I'm a sucker for any coming-out or closeted man story. Ian was sexy, and as Sam says, reformed rakes make the best heroes!
I thought it my first time reading, and I thought it again now; this book really does best when you read the Whitetail Rock books (Whitetail Rock) that precede it, even if it is billed as a stand-alone. I think you get more out of it that way.
If you are a fan of Anne Tenino, and like her sweet, sexy, fun brand of books, this one will be a winner. While the audio could have been a bit better, it was a easy listen that will please most listeners.
**Copy provided in exchange for an honest review**
I had read the book and bought the audible because it was $1.99. I liked the book (or don't remember hating it), but the narrator has a lot to learn. I have heard that she's new, but the voices, inflection, timing, sentiment are just atrocious. It's a struggle to listen, but I'm determined to finish. I listen to it at the YMCA and it's the only book on my ipod...so I get 30 minutes at a time.
Anything narrated by Greg Tremblay, Gomez Pugh, or Tristan James.
More direction to the narrator.....different narrator.
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