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The only problem I have with the audio version of this book is the narrator, Whenever he impresonates a woman I begin cracking up, it really sounds like he's joking at first. He does this in both books of this series. Fortunately, there are few women characters in this one, and so the distraction is limited. Other than this and his overly perfect pronunciation of every word, he really does great accents, and is very consistent with the character's voices throughout the book.
But here's why I give this read 5 stars: I actually listened to this book after Sticks and Stones, in other words, out of order. I was stunned at how good this book was. It's much better than its sequel. The character development balanced with the intrigue of the case the story revolves around was in perfect proportion. It's a little slow at first getting started, but it really was worth it. Being a gay man myself, I was amazed at how spot on much of the sexual tension believe the two men was. Especially surprising is that it was written by two women. Ha! I would love to know what kind of research was involved in gay-men courting in order to write this book. Throughout the story you sometimes want to strangle each of the characters, and other times want to be the object of their seduction. I found myself relating to both Ty and Zane in different ways. And the climax of this story brought tears to my eyes. Congrats to the authors on an amazing book, the best gay-novel I've ever read. Thanks!
26 of 26 people found this review helpful
So, we've got a fantastic book with two very unique, confusing, and likable main characters with superb and often hilarious dialogue. We've got a mystery, murder, and, well, romance. I'm still amazed at the depth of the characters. They felt so real to me that I had to continually remind myself these were just characters and not real life people I'd love to meet. On top of this, we've got a great narrator. His voice is pleasant, and just generally pleasing to listen to. He does well with accents and the character's voices are consistent throughout.
What I liked best about the book, though, was it's focus on the relationship between Ty and Zane. They start out hating each other practically on sight, then, as they begin to learn more about each other, and the character's layers are pulled back/revealed, their feelings of animosity turn to (even though neither will admit it--yet) love. It's done really well and is completely convincing. Plus, they may be two bi-sexual men, but they're not put into any kind of stereotypes, and they have an equal relationship--none of that creepy dominance/submission stuff that kind of creeps me out.
Point is, I love Ty and Zane and it makes me sad they're not real.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
This story has everything that any reader will want in a story.It is a gay romance but nothing like you have ever read before.Two special agents assigned to track down a killer thought to be one of their own find love as well as the killer eventually.The love scenes are carefully written without overt description but are highly erotic. The action packed story full of drama and suspense will thrill but beware the death scenes they are shocking. I could not believe that this was written by two women but if I want to read about gay love and thriller fiction give me these two anytime. More of the same please
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This book was a step away from my usual Fantasy genre and it was made with some tredidation, usually I just can't read Crime, I get bored or scared and pick up a Terry Pratchett to distract myself with until I've forgotten all about the serial murderer in the other book. HOWEVER because this so proudly displays 'Gay Romance' on the audible title line I couldn't stop myself from pressing the 'add to cart' button, and I am so insanely happy that i did!
Zane and Ty are the most in depth and loveable characters I have ever come across, I have never developed empathy with characters as quickly as with these two. They are dedicated strong, intelligent and caring yet still flawed and still human. Their interactions are a perfect blend of intense, funny violent and loving. That will sometimes leave you in stitches from laughing on the verge of tears or fanning away the heat. I simply can't praise the authors enough for their wonderful work on them.
Also the narator Sawyer Allerde is absolutely amazing, his delivery for Ty and Zane is totally flawless, even down to the gravel in Ty's voice and the 'Poster Boy' in Zane's, he does the lead characters justice! Not to mention the varied list of minor characters all of which are easy to differentiate, he even copes well with the female voices.
If you have one book, it should be this one!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful