READ (audio) March 2019 (★★★★)
I came across this little gem whilst seeking more audio titles narrated by Craig Beck. Favored narrator + reliability of Riptide = easy decision to give “Patchwork Paradise” by NTM author Indra Vaughn a go. Being an AudibleRom title simply precluded a wait on my TBR list :)
Told in Oliver’s single POV, “Patchwork Paradise” sometimes read more like a memoire than a romance to me. Covering 1+ year, we follow Oliver as he recovers from the death of one future & finds the courage to dream of a different one. Interspersed in between are tangential changes re: persons closest to Oliver.
I was a bit surprised that the story began the way it did (present action, as opposed to already past event), but it worked for me. Most second chances at love after a death will be bittersweet and sprinkled with emotional bombs, big and small. Here, the friends-to-lovers trope & certain zig-while-zag moments eased, and then buttressed, believability in Oliver's emotional journey.
Aside from a few minor personal nits, I really enjoyed listening to this well done, slow burn story. Also, the story's locale of Antwerp/Brussels revived long-forgotten memories of that tiny but diverse country.