2.5 stars. It got repetitive after awhile as we go through the motions of the serving boys in The Dining Room. Having to read about what the other cli2.5 stars. It got repetitive after awhile as we go through the motions of the serving boys in The Dining Room. Having to read about what the other clients, including the MC (!) were doing with their serving boys didn't do much to get me emotionally invested with the main couple.
In the end (80-85%)I got bored and did not bother to find out how Jeremy and Brice get their HEA. Some 3-star books that I DNF'd get a chance of my rereading them to see if it works the second time around. I will not be giving this one another try.
This is more erotica with romance - which I can like if the story is engaging. This one wasn't....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 28, 2014 Story: 3 stars Narrator K.C. Kelly: 5 stars
Rating averaged-out to 4 stars: 3 stars for the story because I foundREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 28, 2014 Story: 3 stars Narrator K.C. Kelly: 5 stars
Rating averaged-out to 4 stars: 3 stars for the story because I found it way too short. I love these feel-good MM romances because so often, MM romance authors like to write far-too-angsty books, or focus on the sexual aspect, be it too much sex, or is BDSM-themed. It's always good for me to discover a sweet love story with minimal or no angst, as in this case. Romances like these are my comfort reads/listens, and I need a lot more of them!
So why only 3.5 and not more stars? Because it felt like a summary of a how a boy, Nicky, met Spencer, a nice, nerdy slob.
There's so much more to be told about these two men, so much more - or even just a little bit more - to give me so that I can see for myself, can savor for myself, the time it takes (not much, btw) for the two men to fall for each other.
3.5 stars because this ought to have been double the length from 23,000 words to 40k+.
Everyone is nice in this book, except Tom, Nicky's cheating ex, and even he isn't a nasty character - just not ready for monogamy and there only at the start of the story to give our MC a reason for being single, homeless, and jobless.
This short story also ends in a rush. Spencer and Nicky's romance is hardly touched on in that there's next-to-no attention or detail given. There's no on-page sex - Fielding merely tells you they had sex and Spencer was a wonderful lover. That was all. I wanted to know how Spencer and Nicky are as lovers, how Nicky gets over his insecurity and comes to believe his train stops here. I want to be there for the whole journey because I like both Spencer and Nicky and it's a refreshing change to have a relatively angst-free couple.
Nevertheless, I'm glad I decided to listen to Housekeeping as now I feel less uncertain about Brute even though every time I read Brute's blurb, I change my mind about reading/listening to it!
The Narrator: KC Kelly is very good. This is my second audiobook by him. He was as good in Rowan Speedwell's Love, Like Water....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 22, 2014 Narrator: Brian Pallino
This was just plain bad. It felt like a section from a gay boy's blog entry. It was severREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 22, 2014 Narrator: Brian Pallino
This was just plain bad. It felt like a section from a gay boy's blog entry. It was several paragraphs of disjointed musings and thoughts, switching between several tenses. I don't mind this because it can work with a 1st Person POV but in this case, I couldn't get a handle on the story even though I get, from the blurb, that this prequel is about Hunter struggling with coming out alongside his out-and-fine-with-it lover, Max. All I got from the 2 hours listening was that the author was struggling with telling a cohesive tale.
I'm concerned now because if both the author and, I the listener/reader, had such a hard time with this short prequel, how will we fare with the sequel, Taking You Home, which is 7 and a half hours long?
By the way, I found it hard to believe that Max, a stockbroker, not some teenager, is a virgin. Never had sex with either a boy or a girl. I can accept Tarzan, but not a gay (and out) stockbroker.
Pallino's voice suits MM but his narrating needs polishing. He misses the right inflection on many occasions but that could be because he, too, couldn't follow the writing....more