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Publisher's Summary

Neil Dalton's foundation is already cracking. Grief, guilt, and PTSD have ruled his life since a terrible crime tore his world apart last year, and he's dreading a holiday visit with the family he simultaneously needs and resents. Then someone from his past shows up and rattles that shaky foundation right out from under him.

First a war nearly destroyed Jeremy Kelley, then his family threw him out when he needed them the most. Now he's barely holding on emotionally. He spends his last dollar to get to Chicago and prays his former best friend won't leave him out in the cold.

Neil and Jeremy spend the holidays with Neil's family in their hometown of Omaha. They struggle to deal with families, flashbacks...and feelings that haven't even begun to fade since their last failed attempt at being more than friends. As they try to repair their fractured psyches and rebuild damaged bridges, they rely on each other more than ever, but they can't deny the mutual attraction that's existed since before they were both emotionally battered and scarred. If they couldn't make it work back then, how in the world can they pull it off now?

©2013 Lori Witt/L.A. Witt (P)2016 Lori Witt/L.A. Witt

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This book is anything but cold.

Where does From out in the Cold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a favorite, that's for sure.

What other book might you compare From out in the Cold to and why?

Any other book written by LA Witt and narrated by Charlie David. They have an amazing partnership and I love everything I listen to from Charlie that was written by Witt.

What about Charlie David’s performance did you like?

Everything.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Neil finally let's it all go, accepts his true feelings for Jeremy and lets Jeremy in.

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Decent Book, Horrible Recording

The actual novel is quite alright, albeit a bit formulaic. But for all its predictability, it's covers a topic that needs to be written about, namely PTSD. It's offers both sweet romance and a glimmer of hope for people who might feel hopeless. In addition to the principle relationship, there are a number of examples of grace in other relationships.

I would recommend reading this book. And I mean *reading* it, because this recording of it is substandard in a number of ways. For one thing, the narrator sounds very much like a computer generated voice. Moreover, much of the time, the recording sounds as though the blank spaces between words has been removed to speed it up. Worst of all, about half way through, the treble disappears almost completely, rendering the audio nearly inaudible unless the listener goes into her or his settings to put the bass on minimum and the treble on maximum. Obviously, this made the sound quality even more unpleasant than it already was.

I hate to say it, but this recording should not have been released. It demonstrates a very slipshod attitude toward production values.

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Wow!

"It's a welcome addition to my library. I've read it twice, and , as with his/her other books, I'll probably read it multiple times. It's not often, I find an author who make a story not only believable, but enlightening.

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Good book for a simple relaxing time. What I expected. good for its type of story

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My Review:
Overall: 4.0
Performance: 4.25
Story: 4.0

Friends to lovers is always a favorite of mine and this story is especially bittersweet in that these two characters WERE best friends, but then they tried the lovers thing and it became so awkward they haven't spoken for 5 years.

But as the story begins, Jeremy just left the military and a vicious ex who outed him to his family without Jeremy knowing. He went home after a horrific deployment to find that his parents and family wouldn't have anything to do with him. He's suffering from horrible PTSD and has no where to go in the middle of winter so he shows up on Neil's doorstep.

Neil didn't serve in the military, but he's dealing with his own trauma and PTSD after his boyfriend died. He's not really in a place to help Jeremy, but he can't turn him away. And that's where the story and healing for both these guys begins.

This is an angst-filled, heartbreaking book. Both of these guys are in a horrible place mentally, but I love that that fact brings them together. They truly begin to heal each other. It was a gorgeous story.

It takes place during the holidays so there is a trip to Neil's home in the middle of the story. Neil is out to his family, but they're very vocal about not supporting that part of him. As a result, he's never even told them about what happened to his boyfriend or the mental anguish he's been going through the past year. Those scenes between Neil's mom, Jeremy, and Neil are so heartwarming and felt so real. People don't think when they condemn about what they're really doing to the ones they love.

It's a beautiful story about the healing power of love and I thoroughly loved it.