REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; SEPT 29 Narrator: Tristan James
I ended up enjoying this but for a long time, it was touch and go. I almost abandoned it an...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; SEPT 29 Narrator: Tristan James
I ended up enjoying this but for a long time, it was touch and go. I almost abandoned it and would have, if not for James' narration.
Throughout the story I could not shake off my perception that it felt like a fanfic one writes of two characters we already know and love - like Gibbs and Tony from NCIS, or a fanfic of Ty and Zane from Abigail Roux's Cut & Run series! The only problem is that, in the case of AKoTD, I did not know these guys at all. I was just dropped into their lives at this point where the author has decided this is the day they are going to get it on with each other. There is no plot, per se. All it is, is just two guys who've worked together for 3 years and we now get to hear from one of them (Miro's 1st Person POV)
That's all the story is about. All nine hours of it. But once I decided to treat this like a well-written fanfic, and pretend Miro and Ian were TV cops I know and love, I enjoyed it. (less)
I enjoyed this so much more the second time despite being of the same mind about there being insufficient i...moreREVIEW OF RE-LISTEN; SEPT 21, 2014: 4 stars
I enjoyed this so much more the second time despite being of the same mind about there being insufficient info to connect Mark and Tony. They still felt like two men who knew each other back in school and nothing more.
Mark resonated with me more this time and I was more sympathetic towards him. Tony is as sexy as ever, my weakness for hot cops notwithstanding.
I have all four audiobooks but couldn't recall any - not even sure if I listened to the other three, but since I enjoyed this first one despite not caring much for it previously, I'm now looking forward to the others.
----------------------------------------------------------------------- REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; JULY 29, 2013: 3 stars Narrator: Shannon Gunn
This kinda confirmed my impression of this series - meh. It does get better in the last couple of chapters but I'd already lost interest by chapter two and skimmed through the rest until the last portion. When I'm bored by a book, listening to the audio makes it worse because I can't skim. So I stopped the audio and skimmed the ebook after chapter 3.
I'd read Holden and Adam (previously known as In and Out) back in 2010 and it was a weak 4 stars.
I was wondering if the revised Mark and Tony (previously, Gobsmacked, which I haven't read) would be better but I didn't think it was. I liked the start of it and expected something fun, something I could relate to or empathize with after Mark just about knocked out his cheating lover, Jamie, by throwing a bible at his head during Mass.
Unfortunately, that same day already finds Mark moving on to Tony, a guy he had a crush on since high school. Tony is now a cop and, to my surprise, is Mark's friend. 'Friend' as in Mark was expected to be in touch with Tony, 'friend' as in Tony is pissed that Mark had been too busy to be in touch. Nothing had given me the impression they were current friends. It read as if Tony was just someone from way back that the teenage Mark had a crush on and both men went separate ways after school.
I will try the next installment and see how that goes but right now I need a mystery or something with a dead, mutilated body.(less)