REVIEW OF EBOOK & AUDIOBOOK; OCT 19, 2014 Narrator: Jonathan Waters
Unlike Cathy, I didn't think the two MCs talked too much because I went along w...moreREVIEW OF EBOOK & AUDIOBOOK; OCT 19, 2014 Narrator: Jonathan Waters
Unlike Cathy, I didn't think the two MCs talked too much because I went along with the author's premise that these two guys are straight, or think they are straight, or just confused, and have decided to delude themselves (IMO) that they'll just be friends because they both need a BFF in their lives.
So these BFFs do the girl thing together - call each other up everyday, meet up for coffee and chat almost every day. I could handle all that because it's not the full moon and I'm feeling rather normal. I didn't want to kill these two guys for behaving like a couple of women but in the end, I got weary and restless of the incessant girl-talk. I was desperate for something, anything!, to break the monotony of this story; I was almost begging for an evil girlfriend or reappearance of a college indiscretion popping up to inject some tension or suspense. I knew it would be unrealistic to hope for a dead body which brings a hot detective into their lives, and turn this into a menage murder mystery with hot, dirty sex...
...anyway, this book is Not. That. Even when one of them invites the other (I had difficulty distinguishing the characters) to sleep over, it didn't even feel natural, BFFs notwithstanding. It felt sudden and coming out of left field instead of a natural progression for two men whose friendship "test" has decidedly gone belly-up. As Deb said, there was no sexual tension - which, IMO, if you're writing an MM romance, is a waste of the let's-be-friends-and-see-where-it-goes idea (which I like:D) because that should be where the author gets me, the reader, so filled with sexual tension that I'm already reaching for my dildo.
Instead, when Eric (or Beau, I can't recall which) turns up with a "surprise" for the other, his surprise (a rimming - which I also like, full moon or not) was such a ho-hum event instead of the new thrill it's supposed to be.
I started off the book thinking it was rather enjoyable, despite the poor narration, but when it never quite took off and sputtered along like an old propeller plane for 6 hours and 24 minutes, I stopped at 23 minutes before the end and started on Kaylea Cross' Tactical Strike (MF). As I mentioned earlier, the narration was poor in that Jonathan Waters ran through the lines with very little expression and in the places where he did inject some emotion, his accent sounded odd and the cadence all wrong. There weren't enough dialogue tags for me to distinguish between characters so most of the time I couldn't tell who was speaking. In this I fault the narrator because he did not give the MCs enough differentiation.
Two stars for both the story and the narration.(less)
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; OCT 17, 2014 Narrator: Slate Anders
For a story about a man wrongly jailed for nearly a decade before he is released, this...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; OCT 17, 2014 Narrator: Slate Anders
For a story about a man wrongly jailed for nearly a decade before he is released, this was a pussy cat of a story when I was expecting a tiger.
The author communicated Sage's heightened sense of anxiety that he would be either beaten up or arrested at every turn when he returns home to help with the family farm. Yet this tension created in me as the reader, was all for nothing because none of the situations Sage encountered warranted the worry. All he faces are the prejudiced attitudes of a few of the small town folk (like refusing to sell him groceries) and each one has Win, the other MC, come riding to the rescue.
There was never any real danger to Sage and this story ended up a sweet, small town romance with no real ups or downs. The narrator was okay but the story is too bland to showcase any narrator's skills.(less)