Roger Westhoven is minutes from receiving a court verdict that will forever change his destiny. Roger's crime? He refuses to rejoin the outside world if it means living without the love of his life. His appeal for a public trial rejected, Roger is given one final opportunity to tell his side of the story. This is the quirky retelling of man who finds love, loses love, finds love again only to lose love once more...and the demon possessed cabinet that brought them all together.
©2012 Eugene Penny (P)2017 Eugene Penny
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
I enjoyed this story more than I thought I would. It took a bit to get started with the more exciting parts, but the story was engaging and I didn't see the plot twist coming. I will say, though, that having a women narrating a story, clearly written from a man's perspective, was odd at first, but once I got used to hearing a woman speak from a very male perspective, it stopped being noticeable to me. Kirsten Leigh did a great job.
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It's a tad hard to pinpoint the genre of this book going into it. Horror? Mystery? Supernatural/Scifi? I'd say it's a little of all of the above, with some romance thrown in. Now don't groan just yet; the romance, while sort of the driving force behind this story, definitely isn't your typical mushy rom-com stuff that most folks I know shudder at. In fact, this story is more "Dude, where's my car?" meets hot chick in supernatural trouble.
For those who hate the sort of "dude, where's my car" type of thing, just grin and bear it. There's a few patches (especially early on) where it's poured on a little thick with corny jokes and potty humor, but it does add to the characters and it's worth enduring to experience the whole story.
Ah, the story. Right. So, basically, a guy falls in love with a bartender, but then discovers some crazy occult-like plot to kill off the town's bartender every 7 years or so. He, and his ragtag band of mary-jane-toking friends try to figure out how to stop this. Along the way though, the mystery unravels, turns sideways, re-spools itself and begins dishing out yarn instead of ribbon. What? Exactly. You'll just need to go along for the ride yourself. That said though, there were a few times the twists felt far too long-stretched for my liking, and my mind didn't immediately follow the characters to the next logical (to them, anyway) jump.
When I started listening, I was initially confused because the narrator was female, while the protagonist (and antagonists) was male. Once I got over that, I was perfectly fine with Kirsten's narration. The guy to gal speech time was split roughly 50/50, and she did a great job with both sexes. I expected it to be a bit distracting, but thankfully it wasn't. Kudos to her.
I did get this book from the author free of charge in exchange for my review. Nevertheless, my thoughts are my own and were in no way influenced by this fact.
Audio books get me through my drive time, laundry time, grocery shopping, everything that would otherwise be a chore. I love audiobooks!
So talk about a story that isn't what it seems to be! I don't want to spoil it for you, but if you like to read books about the poor slob who never gets the girl and then one day, by some miracle...he gets the girl...this book will warm your heart. And it'll do much more than that!
Tt will also freak you out, and in a pretty good way! Because just when you thought it was the feel-good, fun romantic comedy book that makes you snort-giggle your soda out your nose during your lunch break, weird stuff starts to happen, and it's it's just weird enough to make you say, "Wait, what?" and maybe hit the 30 second rewind button a few times in case you got a little distracted doing laundry or something.
This book is trippy, fun, cool, and a roller coaster ride that'll make the Twilight Zone look like Mayberry. If you were born after 1985, and you're not into vintage TV, then sorry, ask your parents what I mean.
Enjoy the ride - it's totally worth it. The profanity is funny and casual, especially if you don't mid the F word dropped casually as it is in real life a lot of the time. If that bugs you, then avoid this book. The narrator is a woman and is super amazing since she made me forget that she was a woman half the time she was speaking in the first person - as the hero who was a man. Just added to the trippiness of the overall book.
Highly recommended for something different and off the beaten path.
* I was provided a copy of this book by the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an honest review. *
Grade B horror fans rejoice. Welcome to a cast of stereotypes. College town, middle aged stoner losers, hot exchange student, hot bar tender, creepy old lady next door with her little dog, demon possessed book shelf, occult murders, small town cover up. With a serious great couple of twists that will leave you stunned. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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