Jason Davis can handle a breakup. And an overwhelming mortgage. And a struggling business. And the excruciating pain that keeps him up at night thanks to a shoulder injury. But all of it at once? Not so much. When his shoulder finally pushes him to a breaking point, Jason takes a friend's advice and gives acupuncture a try.
Acupuncturist Michael Whitman is a single dad struggling to make ends meet. When a mutual friend refers Jason as a patient, and Jason suggests a roommate arrangement to alleviate their respective financial strains, Michael jumps at the opportunity.
But Jason soon finds himself regretting it - he's too damn attracted to Michael, and living with him is harder than he thought it'd be. In fact, the temptation to act on his feelings would almost be too much if not for the fact that Michael is straight. Or at least, that's what their mutual friend claims.
(Note: This is a revised second edition, with minor additions.)
©2014 L.A. Witt (P)2015 Riptide Publishing
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
Iggy Toma offers a solid performance with easily discernible character voices and a knack for drawing the listener in to the story.
The first story in the Tucker Springs series is a super slow burn romance with likable characters.
When Jason Davis finally caves under five years of chronic pain and takes his friend Seth's advice to go to an acupuncturist he's unprepared to meet the most gorgeous man he's ever seen.
Acupuncturist Michael Whitman is living life basically month to month. With both men struggling under various financial stresses, Michael accepts when Jason suggests that Michael move out of his month-to-month lease and into Jason's house so they can both get some financial breathing room.
After Michael moves in their friendship blossoms, but it's not long before Michael begins to fall for Jason, which is a problem for a lot of reasons...not the least of which is they live together.
I liked that there's no insta-love but rather that Jason and Michael's friendship slowly turns into romance. What I didn't like was the on again, off again nature of their relationship. I was also a bit disappointed in the quick ending. I'll admit I was left feeling like I missed a chapter or two. I wanted more time with the characters to be in their relationship, to get to see them happy for a while.
In the end, though, this is a slow burn romance, chock full of UST, and an entertaining listen with an open to hopeful possibility HFN.
First, as a trained acupuncturist I loved that a book explored this modality. It’s a wonderful way to alleviate pain and other ailments and anything that can broaden the use of acupuncture in our culture is a great idea!
Second, I didn’t like the way the story unfolded as much between the two MCs. Michael annoyed me a lot of the time and I found myself frustrated by him and felt bad for how he treated Jason.
Third, the HFN ending didn’t sit well with me… maybe a little epilogue later in life would have made me feel better about these guys as a long term couple.
That being said, it was a good book and I’d give it 3 of 5 stars.
Iggy Toma is a fantastic narrator who always makes listening to books enjoyable. His voice is easy to like and he does emotion and pacing well. He doesn’t do a lot of big changes in character voices, but it was never unclear who was speaking.
I think listening to this is a great way to enjoy this book and give the narration 4 of 5 stars.
Overall 3.5 of 5 stars
Reviewer for Delighted Reader Blog
Well, that is not a quick answer. I loved the situation of these two having real life issues, slow-burn attraction, and the believable complications. I enjoyed their interesting backgrounds. And I relaxed into the setting.
The main character, Jason, was my favorite. He has a lot of stuff going sour in his life at this time. He gets down and it does bug him, but he doesn't turn all whiny and brooding. He does what he can, he is understanding of others, and he's just an all around good guy with a wry sense of humor.
No, this was my first. I think he nailed it with this story. I had no doubt that I was listening to Jason tell his POV. He got the atmosphere of the story, the pace, and all the emotions. I would definitely listen to more of his stuff.
I think the big moment for me was when Michael decided to go for it with Jason and that he would do it openly. He had every reason to be worried about the consequences, but he went from questioning his sexuality to being honest with his son, his ex-wife, and his friends, but most of all honest with Jason. Love it!
This is part of a series and I actually read it out of order because the series all work well as standalones. And the cool part is that there is a pool of authors writing the series.
I like how there seems to be a theme of complicated relationships set in simple uncomplicated plots and settings.
I loved this story as well as the narrator...I think the narrator plays such an important part of the audio just as well as the story line...this book had both. it has a bit of everything. ..laughter...heartache...sex...and love...
I found the story very interesting and liked the patient/ doctor interpersonal struggle, as well as the other struggles inherent to owning a business and coming out.
I was not a fan of the performer, as his voices sounded more classically trained, than two West Coast 30 year olds.
I loved this story but was left wanting more. I thought the story was a bit rushed. The whole coming out part of the story could have been slower. But Iggy Toma is one of my all time favorite narrators! He really rocks!!!!
I love to read any genre and most topics. I like diversity and engaging characters. I write, garden, cook,craft and chill with my furbabies
Where the Nerves in was a breathtakingly Beautiful story, full off angst, passion and coming out.
Chronic pain has ruled Jays life for a long time now. His boyfriend left him with a big mortgage, his business partner left him with a big mortgage and failing business, and with the pain he deals with all the time he has no control over his life. Finally, at wits end with no other option in site he goes to see an acupuncturist that his best friend recommends. He finds himself attracted but the man is straight, divorced with a seven-year-old child.
Finding out Michael was also suffering from stress of business and mortgage he suggest he move in with him to help them both and so he can continue his treatments. But will the sexual tension be too much?
I loved this story. I loved both Jay and Michael. I could feel their anguish and pain. Whether it was emotional (Michael) or physical (Jay).
Iggy Toma did an excellent job of conveying both men’s feelings so well. I loved his silky, soft voice. His portrayal of each character was clear and he also was able to show the internal thoughts for both men clearly as well.
If you like coming out stories, lots of angst and some hot man-sex you will love this.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
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