When they were teens, Castor McCormick was the bane of Blake Kowalski's existence. Their mutual animosity led to summers filled with rivalry. Now, nearly two decades later, Cas is moving back into the neighborhood to live in his grandmother's old house. Blake tells himself he isn't interested in seeing how snarky little Cas grew up, but when his mother dupes him into visiting his former nemesis, he finds out "pretty" can evolve into "sexy as hell" on the right man.
Cas didn't think he wanted to see Blake again. No one has ever pushed his buttons like the arrogant boy he remembers from their youth. Turns out, the adult version of Blake still gets him hot under the collar - and everywhere else. With Blake on leave from work to nurse an injured leg and Cas taking time to move and unpack, they form a tentative friendship that turns into a sexual affair neither man can deny. But when Cas's job sends him out of state to deal with a difficult client, their new relationship will be tested, and if they fail, Blake's broken leg might not be the only thing to end up scarred.
©2014 Piper Vaughn (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
I won this audiobook from the author in a contest and promised to leave an honest review.
This is only my second audiobook as I am not really an audiobook kind of person. I love having the written word in front of me. Having said that, I really enjoyed this story and the person that read it did a remarkable job. My one issue with audio is that the first time I attempted to listen to a book years ago, the reader didn't do a good job. It was read in a monotone, no inflection in the voice to express what the characters were feeling, and they read it straight through, no pausing for periods or other sentence breaks. I was able to follow this story without trouble and recommend it to those that enjoy audiobooks.
Blake and Castor were competitors as kids. When Blake gets injured and is forced to move back home to his mother’s house, and Castor moves in to the house across the street, they find that as adults they have more in common than they thought.
They begin a relationship fairly early on, fairly easily. Things are going well, they’re getting pretty hot and heavy in fact, when Castor gets called out of town for business for several months. They try the long distance thing and that seems to be working, until Blake decides to surprise Castor with a visit and ends up suspecting Castor of cheating.
Castor can’t be with someone who doesn’t trust him and they break up.
Fortunately, after some soul searching, they realize the mistake they’ve made and agree to try harder to make things work.
This is book two in the series and though I generally LOVE Piper Vaughn’s books, this was a little disappointing. I found things were just a bit too easy. The sexual tension was released early on and things between the two move along fairly easily until the big break up. The resulting make up is really down-played and though I do believe they get their HEA it wasn’t really well-developed by the end of the story.
Her writing, as always, flows smoothly and the character development was excellent. If you are in the mood for a relatively low angst story with lots of hot sex, however, this is definitely the story for you. It is very enjoyable if not amazing.
The narrator Jack Fleming did a really nice job. I loved the assertive voice he gives Blake. He didn’t do a lot with the voices but they are each distinct and I enjoyed his take of Blake’s mother.
I think the audio adds to the overall entertainment and makes the experience even better.
4.25 of 5 stars
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