Quinn Donahue will do anyone once, so when Aaron Miller spots Quinn making his moves in a Vancouver gay bar, Aaron thinks he's found just the guy to relieve him of his unwanted virginity. Quinn, however, has apparently decided to make an exception to his usual open-bed policy. He may be an unrepentant connoisseur of one-night stands, but he's not going to disappoint a sweet kid like Aaron by giving him a hot night and then leaving while the sheets are still warm.
After Quinn takes a job at Aaron's family horse farm, Aaron spots both the demons and the decency that drive Quinn's frequent brush-offs, and it makes Aaron want him even more. But Quinn is determined that Aaron won't go home with a man who doesn't deserve him, so he starts sending likely candidates Aaron's way. It takes a grim act of sacrifice for Aaron to realize exactly why Quinn's been so skittish, and he’ll have to keep a firm grip on the man of his dreams to keep Quinn from shying away.
©2011 Kate Sherwood (P)2012 Kate Sherwood
First of all, I bought this book solely because of the narrator, Robert Nieman. He is not featured a lot on audible.com, but his narration is spectacular. I found the characters to be very good but the story around them slow, even tedious in places. That's OK, but combined with sex which at times is OK, but mostly tepid, did not help. The basic love story and sex aside, the side stories especially involving Quinn seemed contrived, unnecessary or even kind of over the top or just plain awkward and not feeling very natural. Oh, and let us not forget, the ending was not to my liking, abrupt and just not as satisfying as I would have liked.
Kate Sherwood is a wonderful writer. Her main characters are realistic, she doesn't neglect the minor characters, and the amount of romance, angst and sex are well-balanced.
Quinn starts out pretty unlikeable, but it's not long before it becomes clear that he is a sympathetic and ultimately good-hearted character who has had to take on the weight of a family tragedy at too young of an age.
And who could not fall in love with Aaron, who turns out to be exactly the right combination of innocent and gutsy to pull Quinn out of his self-punishment and let him feel worthy of love?
I cannot possibly be complimentary enough for the narrator. He brings this story to life, and truthfully, I could listen to him read forever - I will probably purchase anything he is narrating!
Sweet love story.
This book was full of great characters. I'd have to go with Aaron's brother, who was supportive and awesome.
Robert Nieman is one of the best narrators I've come across on Audible, without a doubt the best m/m narrator. He has a voice you want to listen to forever, but he also knows how to read a book. I would purchase any book he read, regardless of what it was, because I thought he was so talented.
Yes, because it's a tender story about coming of age and I love the voice of the guy telling the story.
When they have sex in the shed.
His voice is very sexy....
Love, sex & horses.
The sex could be more graphic.
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