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Publisher's Summary

Curtis "Launchpad" Larkin's career as an astronaut has had its share of ups and downs.

Alternately lauded as the single-handed savior of NASA and condemned as a reckless, hot-headed bully, Curt has been through the wringer of public opinion and come out on top. When he embarks on his final mission with NASA, Curt figures there's no curveball that life has left to throw him.

But when the role of spacecraft communicator is passed to a young engineer back in Houston who he's never met, Curt's mission takes on a new trajectory.

Patrick Harte's life is turned upside down when he's called to fill in at mission control, working directly under his hero, Curtis Larkin.

Falling for Curt is just a small step for Patrick - but it's one giant leap to think that the astronaut could ever return his feelings.

After Curt connects with Patrick from worlds away, he can't imagine life on earth without the other man...Despite the fact that he's never laid eyes on Patrick. And their problems won't stop once he's cleared for landing.

The bad-boy astronaut is no stranger to controversy - but will the genuine and soft-spoken man of his dreams be able to keep up with the trouble Curt seems to stir everywhere he goes?

©2016 Chewelah Publishing Company (P)2017 Chewelah Publishing Company

Editor's Pick

A slow burn that’s literally out of this world
"Featuring a cast of characters both on this planet and out among the stars, this contemporary love story is filled with so many cool space facts and NASA tidbits. While the mission in this story starts with some tension between a new CAPCOM and this celebrity astronaut, the couple quickly develops a phenomenal banter and chemistry. And since the two are always thousands of miles (and an entire world) apart, it is one of the slowest and most exhilarating slow burns of all time."
Michael C., Audible Editor

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Amazing book and an even better narration!

We love Kay Simone, we love this book and now we love this Audiobook, so so so so so so SOOOOO good! Seriously!


This is a story about Patrick Harte who works as a NASA engineer, and after he is called up to fill in as Chief Communications Officer on the current mission he finds himself living his dream and spending hours of time speaking to Commander Curtis Larkin, his childhood hero. Curt is on his last space mission, and unsure what is next for his life back on earth, but finding himself enamored by Patrick, finding himself pouring out his heart, his wishes and his dreams is not what he expected.

One Giant Leap is the ultimate slow-burn romance, the tingle of anticipation between these 2 men starts from the first time they ‘meet’. Even though they come from different backgrounds, ages, and experiences they love space, and connect early in the story over their amazement of all that is out there. It is lovely, and sweet. Kay Simone has created a unique story here, and even thought Curt and Patrick don’t physically meet till 80% through the book they have a connection that is powerful; they were made for each other. One Giant Leap is a long book and the audiobook is 10+ hours as well. But it never really feels long, Kay Simone builds anticipation in Curt and Patrick’s relationship. And adding the NASA aspect is truly fascinating, romantic in itself and exciting.

Now, granted we love this book – or anything Kay Simone writes, but adding Greg Tremblay’s narration is a combination that blazing. One Giant Leap features 12+ characters, both men and women with different nationalities, and Greg creates distinct personalities for them all. Never once did we feel confusion on which astronaut was speaking, or if we are listing to Patrick or Curtis, there is a seamlessness that Greg creates that truly feels like this is narrated by multiple people.

We are so excited that Kay Simone’s One Giant Leap is finally an audiobook – it is amazing! Greg Tremblay adds so much to the sizzling relationship between Curt and Patrick, bringing this amazing book to an amazing love-story. One Giant Leap is an Audiobook not to be missed!

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An Almost Chaste Romance

What did you like best about One Giant Leap? What did you like least?

One of the things I liked about the book was the slightly circular nature that evolved within it. The prologue (where Curt and Patrick are living together) wraps neatly with the end of the story. I think this was an interesting way of connecting the story and framing the events.

An issue for me was through the first half of the book how the plot would jump between past events (framed in a television interview) and events happening in 'real time'. While I was able to get used to this, I think this mechanic would have worked better being read than being listened to.

Would you recommend One Giant Leap to your friends? Why or why not?

I would give this a tentative recommendation to my friends who enjoy M/M romances. The characters are mostly well developed, the love story between Curt and Patrick builds well and you get to know both of their minds and characters very well, and there are some moments of humor (such as Patrick describing a hamburger to Curt) and drama.

What about Greg Tremblay’s performance did you like?

One of the things Tremblay did well was give each of the characters a very distinct voice, and you got a sense of their personalities through those voices. That said, some of his female voices were a bit hard to tell from each other, but over all, he did a very solid job with each of the characters.

Do you think One Giant Leap needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think the story is whole and complete where it is. While there are characters from One Giant Leap who I would like to see more of, I am happy with where the book ended.

Any additional comments?

If you like your romances on the steamier side, this might not be the book for you. The relationship between Curt and Patrick develops slowly, and you get a very good sense of their affection for each other. When they are finally together, there are maybe two scenes that while well written are not very detailed. So if you prefer a more 'steamy' story, you might be disappointed with One Giant Leap. However, I think overall it is a well told love story and is worth listening to.

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The Book was 6 Stars, The Audible is 10+!

Absolutely loved this book. I read it a while back and when it came out on Audible it was a must buy!

It resonated with me from the beginning, I find it very hard to stop listening now, to Curt and Patrick - as Greg brings them to life. I'm a big nerd when it comes to books I love, I find the Audible a great complement to the Kindle or printed version. Patrick was that guy who lived his whole life shooting for a dream and instead of becoming bitter he was a savior of a mission which could have gone horribly wrong. Curt recognizes what this guy is, without ever laying eyes on him. This book gets to my heart and touches me deeply. You'll fall in love with both these guys! I keep hoping for a 2nd book on them - I'll comfort myself with her other books! Thanks Kay - for giving us this story and finally, the Audible! Thanks for writing guys that sound like they could be real - and giving them heart.

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A top notch story with a near perfect narration

I read One Giant Leap when it came out and loved the story. Patrick and Curt are both so human, both flawed, and we get to watch as they grow and evolve. Simone's attention to detail, and spending time making sense of the science, is part of the beauty of the book.

Greg Tremblay is among my top 2-3 narrators. He handles characterization and voices flawlessly. He almost never mispronounces a word, even scientific terms, and One Giant Leap was a perfect example of this art. Bravo!

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Wonderful

Curt and Patrick are perfect together. I love how their communication developed into something meaningful in just a few short days. I'm also pleased that their interactions with Wolfe didn't undermine their relationship.
This is a sweet, low angst novel with some sexy time towards the end of the story. Nothing extremely graphic. Just two souls joining in love. And all this wrapped up in a perfect package by the marvelous Greg Tremblay.

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Sweet but unbelievable

Romance doesn't have to be realistic, I am a fan of Regency romance, where all the servants are happy and well-treated, men respect their wives and everyone takes baths. In reality, the time was misogynistic, undemocratic and filthy. So I just pretend these stories are in an alternate universe.

For this book, we are in the actual universe and there are real entities (NASA) and people (Obama) and others who are thinly disguised versions (Neil degrasse Bryson!) but there are so many ridiculous actions. The idea of a crowd-funded space mission is unlikely, and more so that NASA would have a 5-person crew, where 4 are LGBTQ and 2 of those are a couple. But the most disturbing is that people who have devoted their life to space exploration would disregard protocols because of emotions, which happens several times. I guess that is supposed to be romantic, but it's perfectly possible for someone to fulfill their job with total integrity while being in love. The author chose not to show that, and in the end, I feel that is disrespectful to the professionals who are supposedly being glorified.

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  • 08-04-21

Searching the stars for love

One of the most beautiful love stories I’ve read and gives a glimpse into those who search the stars. The narrator was terrific!

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One of my favorite repeat listens

I first purchased & listened to this audiobook almost 4 years ago. It just so happened to have coincided with a road trip we were taking to NASA to view a solar eclipse , so I admit that may've enhanced it for me a bit, but it instantly became a favorite. (I was nearly done with the book by the time of our visit, so it was pretty neat to see & recognize different things that had come up throughout the book.) I have listened to it again at least 4 more times since & still find it as interesting each time.
The characters are fantastic, the type of group I'd love to go out to dinner with. The story is sweet & believable, assuming you're the type to believe in a 'love before first sight' story. And the narration, as always with Greg Tremblay, couldn't have been more perfect.
Literally, my only complaint with this book is in regards to some of the conversational sections. Some of the back & forth gets very repetitive with the 'he said/she said'. Example (not actual quotes from the book):
"I'd really love that.", Patrick said.
"Me, too. I think it'd be great.", Kurt said.
"Pick a time & I'll be ready.", Patrick said.
"Sounds good. I'll check with Alan & let you know.", Kurt said.
This only catches my attention 2 or 3 times in the book & thankfully doesn't last too long each time, but the repetitive 'so & so said' every couple of lines is a little annoying. These interactions could definitely be switched up some with a "she replied" & such. Perhaps it reads alright in a physical book, but in audio format, I find it distracting.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable story that I recommend to anyone looking for a sweet, intelligent love story between two very likeable, surprisingly relatable people.

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Book hangover

This book and its audio are so amazing. I really loved the book since was innovative and captivating. Every time I listen to the audio, I can't shut it off. I end up with the worst book hangover, and I can't find anything that compares. I recommend this book and the audio.

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It is like The Martian and true love had a baby.

Now I’m just saying “Wuv twooo wuv” from The Princess Bride but yes. This book was so sweet that I cooed with delighted sweet joy so many times. The science and NASA-ness of it was so delightful and well paced and plotted. It made me fear for them and rejoice with them when the “worked the problem” and did the darn thing. This was fun and sweet and so worth the listen.

Audiobook reader was fantastic and his voices for the male leads were lovely and made me want to hug them. His work with the women in this book was also so wonderful. Often men reading in women’s voices sound almost condescending but this was not the case. They were full of life and power.

Loved loved loved this book.

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  • 08-11-19

Nice romance but a tad too slow

This is a pretty nice slow romance, with likable characters and quite some sweetness. I don't mind slow burn, but tbh I found this a bit too slow. Still enjoyable though, and of course good narration by Greg Tremblay. There was a bit too much callousness with regard to drinking for a bit, but that was more or less set to rights at the end.

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  • 01-29-21

Gorgeous

Slow burn, slight age gap, astronaut, imperfections, absolutely believable slow slide into love.

I adored the written story, but I'm SO GLAD I got to hear Greg perform this! He was the absolute best choice! Such a lovely story. Kay has written some of my very favourite stories - check them out, if you haven't yet!